Born In Ramsgate During The S, 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 Twenty Seven, 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

8 thoughts on “Mixed Fancies: A Memoir

  1. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book I could not put it down Very funny in places but what a life she has had Such a wonderful actress Would recommend.

  2. says:

    Excellent read Amusing and informative, as you would expect from Brenda Thank you.

  3. says:

    I loved this book from beginning to end.She reminded me so much of Little thing in my childhood.That I had forgotten about..I did dent forget about the clouts round the ear that Brenda seemed to get her fair share of.Made me chuckle on many occasions whilst reading.Great bedtime read trouble was I couldn t put the book down and go to sleep.

  4. says:

    Mostly really good until she got a bit self indulgent and a bit short on remeniscences, Don t need the details on the poo incidents

  5. says:

    This beautifully written book took me back to my childhood, growing up in the same town as Brenda, the poverty of the period didn t prevent the joy of living we all had, our devoted parents who did everything in their power to provide for us, developed a love we all had for them that would last us a lifetime.Strict but fare, we knew our place, and the way the story has been told, each page brings a smile of recognition to post war memories, the little sayings our parents used, the antics we all got up to flows brilliantly all through to the end.Some would say it is fiction, but it isn t, it is a history of the period and town she grew up in Its no wonder Brenda Blethyn is the treasure she is to the British people.

  6. says:

    I adored this book I howling laughing and sobbed Brenda s mother reminded me so much of my Grandmother, the sayings if ever a woman suffered and the attitude This book is about is so true to life Loved every minute of it, it is raw and full of humour.

  7. says:

    Very nice copy nice and clean ,good delivery.

  8. says:

    I love all Brenda s work She has had an interesting career, and this book illustrates that.I knew I would enjoy the book as I am a big fan of hers already Just hope she continues to work and entertain us.I paricularly like the bits about her young life, and there are lots of photos too.Molly