No Room for Secrets
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Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous; Purdey in The New Avengers; Bond Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Sapphire in Sapphire and Steel; a castaway in Girl Friday; actress; model; writer; campaigner; inventor; TV presenter and journalist: Joanna Lumley has played many roles in her lifetime, but rarely had the opportunity to reveal her true self. Intimate, funny, intriguing and moving, No Room for Secrets is a more surprising and revealing autobiography than any sensational 'kiss and tell' memoir you will ever read. Inside you will find the real Joanna Lumley.
friends? No. What if you fall over as you walk up the aisle – will you be left there on your back? No: people will help you up. What if you lose your job? The chances are you’ll get another one. For scaring events, always imagine a pleasant treat at the other end. Noël Coward used to have a pint of Guinness in his dressing room: half a pint for the interval, and the rest to look forward to after the second half of the play. The other thing to remember is that the busier you are, the less time you
effects – Ten days ago suddenly while snorkelling off our rocks (I’ve done it almost daily for forty years all over the world) – I panicked! No reason – just instant claustrophobia inside the mask – spasm of the upper chest muscles and not able to get one sniff of air!! Quite terrifying !! And v. hard to make it back to land. However, starting again in the pool: taking a few strokes holding the mask on, then trying with the flippers, graduating to ‘in depth’ goggling of a few minutes’ duration. I
are pretty much the same: rank upon rank of showbiz interviews, photo-shoots, chat shows, which start straight after breakfast and go right on up to midnight. You quickly learn a few succinct and amusing lines to say which can be quoted easily, you declare your love for everyone involved with the movie, you busk together some kind of a future even if you’re utterly out of work. ‘Any future plans?’ ‘Have you got two hours?!! No, I’m kidding! There are a couple of good things coming right up but I
churches and hospitals to schools, playgrounds and statues. I thought a garden bridge planted with trees would be a lovely memorial; I telephoned Sir Terence Conran and he thought it was a good idea too. Then, in no particular order, the following things happened: I walked up and down the Thames in central London on both sides of the river, taking photographs, to find a useful and important place to site it. I thought it should span the river between Gabriel’s Wharf on the south bank, very close
joined them, skipping along in the fading twilight of the British Empire. Q. I hope it’s not always going to be like this, a sort of sour regret about places changing – with implications, for the worse. A. Well, I hope it’s not always going to hurt so much. When I came through Customs from Singapore to Malaysia they were really horrid to me, when they heard that I’d been a child there during the Emergency. I burst into tears, which astonished me and them: I had longed to return to what I