In her youth a fortune-teller had predicted that “she would be surrounded by love
but none of it would work out”, and the memoir follows the tortuous progress of her
private life, which even includes an encounter with Mick Jagger. Integral to the
tale is a vivid account of the social history of the post-war era, up to the turn
of the new millennium, where the story ends in Billington’s deathbed reconciliation
with her mother.
The memoir is written in the third person, using the name Stephanie, and it begins
with her mother’s own difficult childhood.
In 2003 Sandra retired from her post as Reader in Renaissance Theatre, Glasgow University,
and decided to put together a number of bizarre events that had been kept in the
closet for a good many years. Coming Up for the Third Time is the result.