A MOVING memoir by Oldham-born former Coronation Street and Dinnerladies actor Shobna Gulati about losing her mother to dementia is set to be published next Thursday.

Publication of the book Remember Me? is timed to coincide with World World Alzheimer’s Day.

The former Oldham Hulme Grammer School pupil, 54, tells of uncovering her mother's "surprising" life story in the book.

It is described as a "moving yet humorous" memoir in which a daughter sets out to reclaim her mother's past after her death, and in turn, discovers a huge amount about herself and their relationship.

Gulati became a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood's "Dinnerladies" and as Sunita in "Coronation Street".

She also appeared as a presenter on ITV's "Loose Women" and recently starred in "Doctor Who".

She has just finished filming the upcoming feature film "Everybody’s Talking About Jamie".

Gulati said: "I would never have written a book if my mum hadn’t got dementia.

"Dementia can happen to anyone and it happened to mum. It’s been an immense privilege to have loved her and in writing Remember Me? to uncover her surprising story set against the rich backdrop of culture, heritage and ancestry."

The publishing rights to the book have been acquired by publishing house Cassell.

Romilly Morgan, senior commissioning editor at Octopus, acquired world rights from Lucy Morris at Curtis Brown.

Morgan said: "Remember Me? is a memoir of losing a parent to dementia, capturing memory at its most intimate, fragile and fallible.

"It also examines the role shame plays in trauma, why it forces us to bury our problematic pasts and be selective of what we remember."

As well as being accomplished actor, Gulati has a degree ion Arabic and Middle Eastern politics from the University of Manchester.

One of Gulati's earliest appearances was as a dancer in the video for Boy George's 1991 single "Bow Down Mister."

In the late 1990s, she appeared in both series of Victoria Wood's BBC sitcom Dinnerladies.

She appeared as Ameena Badawi from October to December 2000, in EastEnders.

Gulati is one of few actors to have appeared in both EastEnders and Coronation Street.

She appeared as her main character, Sunita, in East Street, the crossover between both soaps in 2010, as part of Children in Need's telethon in 2001.

Remember Me? will be priced at £16.99/