Sheila Hancock - Miss Carter's War

Join us for an evening in the company of Sheila Hancock, female icon, national favourite and popular actress, as we celebrate the publication of her first novel, Miss Carter’s War.

Home from working for SOE behind enemy lines in France, Marguerite Carter has become one of the first women to receive a degree from Cambridge. Now she pins back her unruly curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs and belts her grey gabardine mac and sets out on her future as an English teacher in a girl’s grammar school. For Miss Carter has a mission – to fight social injustice, to prevent war and to educate her girls.

From the first Aldermaston march in the 1950s, through the rise of the Labour Party and the Swinging Sixties to the AIDS epidemic of the 80s and the spectre of a new war in Iraq, through deep friendships and love lost and found, in telling the life of one woman, Sheila Hancock has created a remarkable chronicle of our life and times.

A powerful and panoramic portrait of post-war Britain, Miss Carter’s War follows the success of Sheila Hancock’s acclaimed memoir Just Me, which was a number one bestseller and won the British Book Award for Author of the Year.


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