Prior to her untimely passing in April of this year Elisabeth Sladen – the much loved actress who played the equally revered companion Sarah Jane Smith – had been in the process of writing her memoirs, a task that was curtailed by her illness.
Taking Elisabeth’s completed draft and with the support of her husband Brian Miller and daughter, Sadie, Aurum Press will now publish Elisabeth’s memoirs this November, after postponing the book following Lis Sladen’s sad death.
Giving full account of her humble beginnings in post-war Liverpool, her joyful career in Theatre and her unexpected status as a TV icon and role model for generations of Doctor Who fans.
In the process the book explores the far from glamorous side of TV’s golden age, the strange world of Doctor Who fandom and just what it was like to step back onboard the TARDIS after 30 years away.
Elisabeth Sladen’s editor at Aurum, Sam Harrison, said:
“I remember my first meeting with Elisabeth—the hilarious and eye-opening stories she had to tell and my feeling of elation that she wanted to turn them into a book. Having grown up watching her as Sarah Jane Smith it was a personal dream come true.
She was a fantastic person to work with—fun but utterly professional—and it’s incredibly sad that she’s no longer with us. I’m glad she had a chance to share some of her memories in this book. I hope it will make a fitting tribute to a great actress and a wonderful woman.”
Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography will be published on Monday 7th November and retail at £20.