How Many Camels Are There in Holland?

  • by Phyllida Law
  • Narrated by Phyllida Law
  • 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The charming, funny successor to the hugely popular Notes to My Mother-in-Law, from the inimitable Phyllida Law.
Following Phyllida Law’s wonderful and acclaimed Notes to My Mother-in-Law - which comically and tenderly documented the author’s relationship with her husband’s mother who lived with the family for 17 years - we now have a chronicle of Phyllida’s relationship with her own mother who suffered from dementia. Recently widowed, bringing up her own two daughters (actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson), and working as a successful actress herself, Phyllida went up and down to Scotland to spend as much time with her ailing mother as she could manage. During the period she kept a lively and frank journal noting many of the sad yet funny examples of her mother’s faltering grip on reality. The journal includes reminiscences of her own childhood and the tragic death of her only brother.
This book promises to be just as warm and moving as her first.


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This had a great review in 'the Guardian' biographies of the year and I was expecting to find it funny and moving. Unfortunately I found it a little too understated and wasn't moved to tears or laughter. It felt far too short, as if it had been abridged and at times I found that the narration randomly jumped around. I didn't particularly enjoy the narration either. This may be a book that's better to read in the print version.
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- Saffy

Touching, charming and gently amusing.

Touching, charming and a fascinating insight into Phyllida Law's family and the challenges of looking after a mother who is disappearing. Law shows great love and compassion as well as humour, and she reads this with skill and tenderness. Definitely a favourite.
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- Cassie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-02-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited