Rosemary Ackland began writing her diary in 1945, aged just fifteen. For the next fifty-eight years, through happiness and heartache, she continued to write. Even after the tragic onset of Motor Neurone disease, which left her mute and immobile, her diary was still an outlet - in fact, then more than ever. Her simple, heartfelt jottings were never intended for an audience. But, during her last days, as he helped her hold a pen, her husband Joss read her words for the first time. Deeply moved by her lifetime's recollections he asked her consent to publish them and she agreed. My Better Half and Me weaves together Rosemary's diaries with Joss's commentary to tell of an extraordinary love story that lasted over fifty years. Their life together was remarkably full. At first they lived on a shoestring, struggling to bring up their new family on just Joss's payas a young actor. Once his career took off their lives became a dynamic whirl of tours across the country. But they remained an extremely close-knit family, with lives shaped by their seven children, by the tragic, untimely death of their eldest son, and later, by the birth of their grandchildren. Above all, this intimate and candid story, shows how lucky they were to have each other. In turbulent times they were each other's rock. Theirs was truly and old-fashioned romance.
A poignant love-letter, between actor Joss Ackland, and his courageous late wife, who is given voice through her diaries.
Rosemary and Joss Ackland
My Better Half and Me is the story of a very old-fashioned love affair, and of fifty years of lives fully lived through joy and tragedy.
ROSEMARY ACKLAND began writing her diary as a child in Africa and continued it up to her eventual death from motor neurone disease, 58 years later. Here, Joss adds his rich recollections to complete their shared story. From the excitement of Joss's burgeoning acting career and joy at the births of their seven children, to the terrible fire that consumed their house and the tragic death of their eldest son,
Rosemary's simple, heartfelt writing tells of enduring love through turbulent times.
'So moving...you finish this book awed by the determination of an extraordinary woman' Daily Mail