Review published on August 3, 2015.
There’s Something I’ve Been Dying To Tell You is Lynda Bellingham’s second published memoir and the most poignant having been written while battling terminal colon cancer. This brave, funny lady really needs no introduction. We’ve all seen her on TV in various drama series over the years from Dr Who to The Bill, or caught her in action on the panel show Loose Women, or perhaps we remember her best as the ‘Oxo Mum’ in the 1980’s adverts. In this memoir we really get to know Lynda best of all, and by the end of the book, she is the warm funny friend we all would love to have had in our lives.
Written between hospital visits and bouts of chemotherapy, Lynda talks us through her life. Her first two unhappy marriages. Her two wonderful sons Michael and Robbie Peluso, her stepson Brad, and meeting and marrying the love of her life ‘Mr Spain’ Michael Pattemore.
We learn of her life as an actress on stage and TV and how difficult it is for women in particular in the acting business, and how her successful four years as a panelist on Loose Women made it difficult for her to be taken seriously as an actress, and the battle she faced to overcome this.
Lynda bravely talks us through her cancer diagnosis and treatment. How much her friends and family mean to her, particularly her sons, stepson and loving husband Michael and her hopes for their future without her and her preparation for her death, and how happy and excited she was to receive an OBE for her extensive and exhaustive charity work.
This is a witty, heartbreaking and funny book written by a very courageous, charming and down to earth lady. A talented actress, writer, wife and mother. Her sheer energy and vibrancy will leave you feeling exhausted. You will go through the gamut of emotions reading this book. You will laugh and you will cry and you will be especially moved by the final chapter in this edition which is written by Lynda’s soulmate, Michael Pattemore.
Lynda wrote this book in the hope that it would help other people with cancer. What a truly unselfish act from a very generous and warmhearted soul.
Teresa O’Halloran, Galway, Ireland.
Personal Read: 5
Group Read: 5
There’s Something I’ve Been Dying To Tell You by Lynda Bellingham is published in pbk by Coronet on June 18, 2015
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