The eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Two of Us. A moving honest and charming account of life after the death of Sheila's husband John Thaw. Paperback Well now prove it Sheila. As John would say &ldquoPut your money where your mouth is.&rdquo Be a depressed widow boring the arse off everyone or get on with life. Your choice.&rsquo In The Two of Us Sheila relived her life with John Thaw &ndash years packed with love and family delight and despair. And then she looked ahead. What next? Gardening grannying and grumbling while they all had their pleasures weren&rsquot going to fill the aching void that John had left.
&lsquoLive adventurously&rsquo a Quaker advice was hovering around her brain. Putting her and John&rsquos much loved house in France on the market she embarked on a series of journeys. She tried holidaying alone contending with invisibility and budget flights. She tried travelling in a group but the questions she wanted to ask were never the ones the guide wanted to answer. She tried relaxing &ndash harder than you might think. Finally heading out of her comfort zone she found her travels and the things she discovered led her back to her past to consider her generation &ndash the last to experience the Second World War &ndash and the kind of person it made her.
Just Me is a book about moving on but it is also about looking back and looking anew. Sheila whether facing down burglars and Easyjet staff or making friends with waiters and taxi drivers whether unearthing secrets in Budapest getting arrested in Thailand exulting in the art of Venice or searching for a decent cup of coffee in Dorset is never less than stimulating company. Honest &ndash because if you can&rsquot say what you think at seventy-three when can you? &ndash insightful and wonderfully down to earth she is a woman seizing the future with wit gusto and curiosity on her own.