Glenda Jackson spent her early years living in a two-up, two-down in the Wirral, and worked as a shop assistant in Boots. This incisive biography charts her transformation from a struggling actress into a West End and double-Oscar-winning star, and her extraordinary move into the political arena as MP for Hampstead and Highgate and mayoral candidate.
Outwardly very much in control, inwardly less self-assured, Glenda Jackson is a woman of contradictions. A rigorously intellectual, serious actress, she was equally at ease playing Mother Courage or appearing with Morecambe and Wise. A life-long feminist, she cooks and cleans religiously, and has endured turbulent relationships. Profoundly reserved, she has chosen two very public careers.
This biography gets to the heart of the intensely private character to create a frank and revealing portrait of a resolutely honest and driven woman.