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When Harry Met Sheila is the story of highly-acclaimed comedy actress Sheila Steafel, her relationship with Steptoe and son actor Harry H. Corbett, and how a woman - who should have had the world at her feet - ultimately destroyed her marriage and promising career.

Sheila's autobiography is a brave and honest account by an actress who was once crowned "The Queen of Comedy", in which she explores how the traumas of her childhood - growing up in a dysfunctional family in apartheid-torn South Africa in the 1930s and '40s - have impacted her personal life and career.

This audiobook also provides a fascinating insight into the world of the entertainment industry and shows how easy it is for the dreams and aspirations of those in the business to fall by the wayside. It will appeal to anyone interested in the human condition and demonstrates the huge impact that childhood experiences have on our adult lives.

When Harry Met Sheila is a powerful story about one woman's journey of self-discovery and her struggle to finally let go of the demons of the past.

©2010 Sheila Steafel (P)2011 David Darlington

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When Harry met Sheila - my review

Wonderful narration by Ms Steafel. Thoroughly absorbing and an enjoyable read, didn't want it to end!

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fascinating insight

Didnt know much about Sheila really. I remember as a kid that she was on TV a lot and more recently I've been introduced to some of her work through some friends. I really enjoyed this. I found it fascinating. Its interesting how she seemed to press the career sabotage button on occasion and how so many potential stardom opportunties were missed for 'love'! I really liked her telling of the story and her voice was engaging and lively. I missed it when it finished it felt like she was with me in my car! ( for that is where I listen the most!) I loved the references to programmes and shows I was aware of in the 70's and some 60's but although I appreciate her discretion wouldve loved more 'names' - i think shes protected a number of people! All in all I loved this book and have spent some time on You tube matching anecdote to performance since it ended!

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  • keith
  • st helens uk
  • 06-10-17

great read love her voice

i love this book ilike the way she reads it how she married harry h Corbett and the way her career took off after their divorce I am waiting for the other book that tells of harrys life to be released on audiobook both great reads

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Gantastic interesting true life story would recommend this to all , would listen to this again

Fantastic true life story , would recommend to all , i would listen to this again later

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  • Sally
  • THEIL-RABIER, France
  • 20-08-15

How very sad

It is difficult really to write a review on someone else's life story, it was interesting but.... for me very sad. I remember Sheila Steafel as a very funny comedic actress, and like so many other comedian/nes her life is full of hard to believe injustices. I was left feeling very empty for her, because the one person she really loved she lost.. not entirely her fault, as I wasn't smitten with Harry H, what a control freak... Anyway it wasn't a pleasant story and I hope she is happier now.