In 2013, actress, television personality, and Sunday Times best-selling author Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Until now, Lynda hasn't spoken publicly about her illness - she has felt strongly that everyone's experience of cancer is so different, and she wanted to keep what she has been going through personal to her while she came to terms with her life now.
But in this memoir, Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family, and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned. This is a brave and brutally honest memoir, and yet even when talking about these deeply personal experiences, Lynda manages to spread her infectious warmth and humour, bringing light to a very dark time.
Woven into this very moving and brave story are extraordinary, colourful tales of her acting and family life that will enlighten and entertain, as well as the journey that Lynda has taken to find the family of her birth father, having already suffered heartache in her search for her birth mother. In the search for her father's family, Lynda finds a family with a history in entertainment, showing that acting was always in the blood.
Lynda Bellingham is a tremendously gifted storyteller with a rich collection of tales of love, loss, and laughter, and this book brings her kind heart, courage, and emotion to every minute in vivid detail. Lynda's story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one, but it is so often laugh-out-loud too - and ultimately the way Lynda tells her life story will serve as a great inspiration.
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A fabulous charismatic woman desperately trying to navigate through a terminal illness. The book does not reflect her most recent interviews. Some of the messages from Lynda to her immediate family were uncomfortable to listen to. The narrator read in a mono syllabic way in sections and although the book must have provided a level of therapy for the author, it felt voyeuristic to listen to and extremely raw in parts, which of course is extremely understandable but a difficult experience for the listener.
There is such honesty in this book, l dont think you can take it all in in just 1 reading
Lindas courage in fighting cancer, as a person who has had cancer and so far survived it, l can relate personally to what she went through. How devious is this wicked illness,you think you are recovering only to be smacked down again.
Of course Linda
lt is a wonderful book, full of fun and humour but also full of emotion. l was in bits though during the telling of her love for Mr Spain and her boys and l had to stop to reflect on what l had just litened to.
A heroic journey but a lonely one
I would only recommend it if they were a real fan of Lynda
She did, but I didn't enjoy her male voices.
I really enjoyed this book having followed Lynda's career through my teen year's until the current day. She tells her journey of Cancer in such a poignant way with dignity and it doesn't feel negative at all. She remains positive and witty throughout the entire book.
Personally I can't liken it to anything else that I have read. This isn't like a typical memoir of which I don't normally like but I was drawn to this book because of Lynda's attitude towards her death.
She really did it justice. After a few chapters I almost forgot it was Sue's voice and I just felt like it was Lynda's voice shining through.
I was moved by the moments away from the public eye when Lynda talked about the true emotions of her loved ones in the lead up to the end of her life.
A sad story that sorry to say was quite name droppy, menu listing and boring in places.
great book .. really enjoyed it .. was great looking back on her life and memories .. she was am amazing person and did so much in her life .. she was well loved by all ..
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