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Mixed Fancies

Narrated by: Brenda Blethyn
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
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Summary

Born in Ramsgate during the 1940s, Brenda Bottle was the youngest of nine in a poor but close family. She left school to work as a secretary for British Rail, where she met her husband. But by the age of 27, the marriage was over. Brenda left her job and with the little she had saved, enrolled at Guildford Drama School. And so her life as an actress began.

One of Britain's best-loved actresses, Brenda Blethyn has dazzled in a vast number of roles, including her performances as downtrodden Cynthia in Mike Leigh's Secrets And Lies and as the man-eating Mari Hoff in Little Voice, for which she received Oscar nominations. On stage, television and film she has worked with our greatest writers and directors -- Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard, Sam Mendes, Peter Hall -- and actors -- including Michael Caine, Jude Law, Julie Walters, Brad Pitt, Ewan McGregor and John Hurt.

Brenda is one of Britain's finest character actresses, famous for playing her roles with social realism and warmth, wit and humour - characters her audience empathise with. She has the same warmth and humour off screen too; a wonderfully down-to-earth person with a fascinating history.

Told with sparkling wit and engaging honesty, Mixed Fancies is the compelling story of her journey from the Plains of Waterloo to the National Theatre and on to television, Hollywood and stardom.

©2006 Brenda Blethyn (P)2008 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Great great great!!!

Wonderfully narrated by the woman herself.

such an insight no holds barred. With incredible dignity humour and sadness in equal measure.

THANK YOU BRENDA FOR READING YOURSELF!!!

You are an inspiration!!!

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loved it funny and touching book. Brenda is so sin

Brenda is so sincere caring and a great story teller also a fab actress loved it

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She'll always be Vera to me

I loved Brenda in Vera - which doesn't get a mention in the book - but it was fascinating to hear her life story. Excellent book

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Just absolutely brilliant

What a pleasure to read - well actually listen to - I finished this in two days, so avid was I. She is so funny, and I have laughed out loud many times while listening, but also cried. So good - will be strapping my headphones onto my mothers ears while on holiday with her next week as she will love it, and it will keep her quiet for hours. I particularly loved the early bits about Brenda’s family and any of her family jokes. But also the way she describes the thrills and spills of awArds and Hollywood is extraordinarily down to earth. She has taken her dad’s advice to heart and writes completely without any high fallutin’ words yet just nails it, she really does.

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Good read

Really good by an amazing actress. An understanding of the poverty and joys of growing up in a large family.

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Heartfelt and hilarious! Excellently read!!

Heartfelt and hilarious! Excellently read!! Couldn't stop listening! completely engrossed! Definitely recommended. Easily 5 stars for Ms Blethyn!

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Delightful.

Brilliant and compelling listening. Very interesting, personal insight really recommend. Couldn't stop listening. So uplifting.

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COULDN'T GET ENOUGH!

Brenda is the star of her own brilliantly told Biography. Expressive and Heartfelt. Truly Wonderful!

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Pleasurable listening an understatement

What a lovely experience listening to this very entertaining lady. So easy going and interesting. Didn't want it to end and I shall miss being lulled to sleep by her witty tales. I shall start at the beginning again!!!!! Well done you and thank you for sharing xxx

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Emotional rollercoaster! Fab!

Loved this memoir. So warm, funny and fascinating. The author tells of her life so honestly and animatedly. It had me laughing and crying throughout. This book is a real treat and I will keep it in my library to revisit again and again.