Suc­cess in real life

Fans queue for mem­oir

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

A RE­MARK­ABLE true life story co-writ­ten by Gazette colum­nist Bar­bara Fisher was launched in Uxbridge on Mon­day.

Find­ing Tip­per­ary Mary tells the story of nurse Phyl­lis Whit­sell’s search for her al­co­holic mother who gave her up for adop­tion as a baby.

Not only did she find her mother but she nursed her for nearly a decade with­out re­veal­ing her true iden­tity. Queues formed out­side Water­stones in Uxbridge town cen­tre on Mon­day as first-time au­thor Phyl­lis, who was joined by Bar­bara, signed copies of the mem­oir.

The story first fea­tured in the Gazette last year and was picked up by Phyl­lis’ lo­cal pa­per, The Birm­ing­ham Mail, fol­lowed by the Mir­ror and led to guest spots on This Morn­ing and The One Show, with a po­ten­tial film in the pipe­line.

Bar­bara said: “Phyl­lis had a dif­fi­cult start in life, but she showed de­ter­mi­na­tion and grit to not only find her birth mother, but to share her story with oth­ers.

“It was great to see many fa­mil­iar faces at the book sign­ing, in­clud­ing many Gazette read­ers who came and chat­ted to me. I was very proud of the way res­i­dents of Hilling­don bor­ough took Phyl­lis to their hearts.”

So pop­u­lar was the event that Water­stones ran out of copies. Shop­pers had to be con­tent with order­ing a copy, which will be signed later and posted to them.

Bar­bara added: “Water­stones told me they had never had such a good re­sponse to a book sign­ing be­fore, or sold so many copies.”

Phyl­lis, who trav­elled Birm­ing­ham

for had from

the oc­ca­sion, said: “I was ab­so­lutely thrilled by the num­bers who turned out to buy my book and get it signed. Many peo­ple shared their own sto­ries with me and there were even two ladies from Tip­per­ary.

“Ev­ery­one in Uxbridge was so friendly.”

Find­ing Tip­per­ary Mary is pub­lished by Mir­ror books in the UK and also went on sale in Canada this week un­der the ti­tle My Se­cret Mother.

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