Success in real life
Fans queue for memoir
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
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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.