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Angie Le Mar releases book


LAYING BARE her inner most thoughts and frailties in 'Full Circle' an aptly titled new book, Angie Le Mar chronicles her journey over the last 30 years which has seen her celebrated as a multi-award winning comedienne, TV and radio presenter/star, entrepreneur, speaker, director, producer, wife and mother.

Truly an inspiration to a multitude of people Angie told The Voice that she named the book Full Circle because the title encompassed the many peaks and troughs along her journey.

Having seen off dark times which included losing her eyesight and dealing with having fluid drained from her brain for a year following the birth of her daughter, Le Mar said she is still here to tell her story today because she didn’t give up.

“You don’t plan for sickness,” Le Mar recalled candidly.

“You don’t know what your are going to do and you hear about other people’s sickness and you think, ‘there but for the grace of God go I’.

“And when I got pregnant with my last child, the fluid went to my brain and I lost my vision in my right eye and the left side was going.

“It was a time that made me go ‘wow’. It wasn’t a quick sickness. It was a year of going in and out of hospital to have the fluid drained from my brain and the pain ... I just wanted to die. I was like, ‘come on God, stop it.’”

INSPIRATION: Angie Le Mar at her recent book launch

It did stop and Le Mar made a full recovery. She admits those 12 months made her give thanks for everyday she is able to see the sun rise.

A staunch advocate of using her time productively, it’s no surprise to hear that once the clock hits 5am, the former Real McCoy actor is up and at it ready to take on the day.

“If I wake up at six o’clock in the morning I’ve woken up late,” Le Mar enthused.

“In the summer time, I’m up at five o’clock and then I schedule my day. So by the time I’ve got to nine o’clock, I’ve done a bulk of my work. Then I can get to my afternoon and evening work.

“After four o’clock I become a mother and do the cooking, the cleaning and all of those things. I’ve always sectioned up my day. I do find the time, if I was sitting there 24 hours a day wondering what I should do then I wouldn’t do anything but I don’t. I’m a definite doer and if I think of something, I’ll do it.”

Le Mar admits she found it surprising to find out that so many people were unaware she had three children.

Talking about the importance of her role as a mother and the role of parents in general, she said:

“I really believe that discipline is important, the way I was raised as a child, I wasn’t beaten up, I was disciplined. Sometimes I couldn’t hear and it went a bit further and so I got beaten.

“That hasn’t put me in counselling because I understood the intention of it. So when I was disciplining my children, however I managed to do it, I’m not ashamed of it. I set boundaries and if I didn’t set them for my children then somebody else could have done it for me and that might have been prison.”

MOTHER FIGURE: Angie Le Mar, husband David Prosper and their three children

She added:

“It’s a difficult time (to be a parent). Our children are going through some really tough challenges and I am talking survival challenges. You might send them out thinking you have done a great job at home and then you send them out there to walk through a gang area. You may not know it. Just by your location, so everyday they are going through different scenarios.

“Social media has put them under pressure because they have got to have this or that. It’s a lot of pressure so everyday you have to look out for your kids. You have to be checking phones, checking computers, rooms and pockets.

“As a community we need to be more responsible for the children that are out there, we have to be that village again and stop acting like we can do this by ourselves.”

Le Mar regularly quotes the influence of her own parents and a special dedication to her father who passed away last year takes pride of place at the fore of her new book. She nearly didn’t include a chapter about the influence he had in her life but after being encouraged to do so by author friend Beverly East, Le Mar admits the literary offering wouldn’t have been complete without it.

She enthused:

“Beverly told me that I would regret the day I didn’t write this story about my dad and that I must go back on to the computer and finish what I started. I wrote it, tears gushing every time I came back to the memory and I finished it.

“She was right, I would have kicked myself if I’d read this book and thought, where is my dad in this story. I dedicated a chapter to him because he was worth that.”

Watch Angie reveal more, below:

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