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Richard E. Grant’s tribute to his wife leaves us shattered for his loss

1 October 2022

9:00 AM

1 October 2022

9:00 AM

A Pocketful of Happiness Richard E. Grant

Gallery Books, pp.324, 20

Richard E. Grant pulls off a feat here. The title is twee but the content isn’t. With unselfpitying dash the actor-writer recounts caring for his wife, the dialect coach Joan Washington, through lung cancer last year (‘Living grief. Raw. Savage.’). He thoughtfully interleaves the heartbreak with glitzy showbiz recollections which help keep our peckers up, so we ricochet through time, from the Golden Globes to the Royal Marsden, from sedative injections to Star Wars.

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