Actress title to Fourth Estate

<p>Fourth Estate has acquired the first title by actress Phyllida Thompson, mother of actresses Emma and Sophie.</p><p>Clare Reihill, editorial director, bought world rights at auction from Caroline Wood at the Felicity Bryan Agency. <em>Notes to My Mother-in-Law</em> (October 28th, h/b, &pound;12.99) concerns the 17 years Thompson&#39;s mother-in-law lived with the family from the mid-1960s until her death. Thompson eased her increasing deafness by writing notes, which are reproduced in the book to &ldquo;form a vivid picture of life in the Thompson household&quot;.</p><p>Reihill said &ldquo;this is just one of the loveliest books I&#39;ve ever been lucky enough to acquire&quot;.</p><p>Phyllida Thompson appeared in &ldquo;Peter&#39;s Friends&quot; and &ldquo;Foyle&#39;s War&quot; among others, and was married to the late Eric Thompson, writer and narrator of &ldquo;The Magic Roundabout&quot;.</p>