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Notes to My Mother-in-Law by Phyllida Law

Notes to My Mother-in-Law

by Phyllida Law

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A delightful and touching family memoir from the fine actress Phyllida Law. The book is based on the daily notes she would leave for her mother-in-law who came to live with Law and her husband Eric Thompson and her two young daughters, the future actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson in Hampstead.

The notes trace her mother-in-law's failing health and growing dependance on the family but is told with great warmth and a healthily wry look at life. One soon gets the impression of a slightly madcap but deeply loving family.

There are also gently loving codas from Emma and Sophie Thompson.

A memorable look at the pleasures in life, big and small. ( )
  Chris_V | Apr 30, 2013 |
A sweet & short memoir of sorts, written in the titular notes by the author to her mother-in-law, who was hard of hearing and yet wanted the day’s news and arrangements. Both women sound like people I’d like to know, and Phyllida’s respect and affection for her mother-in-law are evident.

I found this a quick, charming read. 4½ stars ( )
  ParadisePorch | Jun 7, 2012 |
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From the daily notes written to a beloved mother-in-law who could no longer hear comes a hilarious and warm portrait of daily life
Phyllida Law's mother-in-law Annie lived with her family for 17 years and was picture-book perfect. It took a while before the family realized that Annie was increasingly deaf. So Phyllida began to write out the day's gossip at the kitchen table, putting her notes by Annie's bed before going to hers. One night her husband muttered that she spent so much time each evening writing to Annie she could have written a book. Here it is—a book full of the delights of a warm and loving household. Of the cat being sick after overindulging in spiders, the hunt for cleaning products from the dawn of time, mysteriously malfunctioning hearing aids, an unusual and potentially hilarious use for garlic, and the sad disappearance of coconut logs from the local candy shop. It's about the special place at the heart of a home held by a woman born in another age, a woman who polished the brass when it was "looking red at her;" who still bore a scar on her hands from being hit by her employer; and who held the beloved homemaking skills of a bygone age.

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A book full of the delights of a warm and loving household, Phyllida Law recalls the 17 years she shared with her live-in mother-in-law.

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