Au­thor tells of new book on Phil’s TV show

Au­thor ap­pears on ITV day­time show sup­ported by Gazette colum­nist Bar­bara Fisher

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

GAZETTE colum­nist Bar­bara Fisher has vis­ited the set of ITV’s This Morn­ing as in­ter­est in a book she helped pro­duce gath­ers pace.

Bar­bara from Uxbridge, who has been writ­ing the weekly BM@il col­umn on our letters page for seven years, be­friended nurse Phyl­lis Whit­sell in 2004 and learned of her amaz­ing life story.

Phyl­lis tracked down the al­co­holic mother who gave her up for adop­tion and then, with­out ever re­veal­ing her true iden­tity, spent nine years nurs­ing the woman un­til her death.

Bar­bara en­cour­aged Phyl­lis to get her story down on pa­per and as­sisted with the edit­ing process.

The re­sult was the book Find­ing Tip­per­ary Mary, which goes on sale on Ama­zon next month.

Af­ter The Gazette fea­tured the story in July it went on to make front page news in Birm­ing­ham, where Phyl­lis is from, and was picked up by the na­tional pa­pers and TV, while Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tor Ri­d­ley Scott’s film pro­duc­tion com­pany is one of five en­quir­ing about the rights.

Phyl­lis was in­ter­viewed on Septem­ber 28 by This Morn­ing pre­sen­ters Phillip Schofield and Holly Wil­loughby, with Bar­bara in the wings.

Bar­bara said: “The in­ter­view went well. I was able to stand be­hind the cam­eras and watch as a ner­vous Phyl­lis even­tu­ally found her feet and did a good job.

“The last cou­ple of weeks have gone crazy with media of­fers still pour­ing in.”

While at the stu­dio, Bar­bara and Phyl­lis got to chat to Falk­lands War hero Si­mon We­ston who was another guest on the pro­gramme.

They also met This Morn­ing showbiz pre­sen­ter Ali­son Ham­mond, Big Brother pre­sen­ter Ry­lan Clarke and TV agony aunt Denise Robert­son, who told Phyl­lis she thought it was a good thing that her mother had never re­alised who she was, which was very com­fort­ing for her.

Turn to page 14 for this week’s BM@il.

The last cou­ple of weeks have gone crazy with media of­fers still pour­ing in”

n TV GUESTS: The Gazette’s Bar­bara Fisher with her Find­ing Tip­per­ary Mary co-au­thor Phyl­lis Whit­sell and This Morn­ing pre­sen­ters Phil and Holly

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