Sheila Hancock‘s books include Ramblings of an Actress, The Two of Us, a number one bestseller about her marriage to John Thaw, and Just Me, a memoir of life without John.
Her debut novel is Miss Carter’s War, which was selected for the highly coveted Richard and Judy WH Smith Bookclub.
One of Britain’s most highly regarded and popular actors, Sheila Hancock received an OBE for services to drama in 1974 and a CBE in 2011. Since the 1950s she has enjoyed a career across film, television, theatre and radio. She has directed and acted for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Sheila Hancock lives in London and France.
In Miss Carter’s War it is 1948 and the young and beautiful Marguerite Carter has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE (Special Operations Executive) behind enemy lines. She returns to England to be one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge. Now she pins back her unruly auburn curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her sensible black shoes, and sets out towards her future as an English teacher in a girls’ grammar school. For Miss Carter has a mission to fight social injustice, to prevent war and to educate her girls.