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Fabafterfifty: Book Reviews

  1. Best one-liners about age: Aphorisms from Robert Eddison

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon If you love Prince Philip’s one liners you’ll love this book of aphorisms  from playwright Robert Eddison, Wisdom and Wordplay. You may ask, what on earth is an aphorism? Well, according to the Oxford Dictionary, it is a pithy observation which contains a general truth. Journalist, broadcaster and playwright Robert Eddison is the Aphorism Master. Over a period of 20 years, he has amassed a treasure trove of thousands of witty one-liners, having recorded every original thought he has had under 150 different subject headings, from sex to politics, death to birth…and everything in between! Three hundred of these original aphorisms are contained in the first in a new series of books that has an impressive army of fans already. I have permission to share...
  2. Book Review : Know Your Style by Alyson Walsh

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I receive a lot of books to review – many style related, but I share very few on the site as I only like to recommend books that I feel positive about.  And regular readers will know that I have a passion for clothes  and style  ! To be honest, a lot of the style books  aimed at women over 50 are so patronising in tone – I give them a wide berth! I’m pleased to say that Know Your Style is one of the exceptions. It is full of hints and tips, encouraging to understand and build on their own style. Alyson interviews creative ,stylish women from around the world and has them share their style inspiration and tips. ...
  3. Pammies – how one woman transformed her self image following breast cancer

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    An extract from Might Make You Smile by Brenda Burling . A unique, uplifting and often laugh-out-loud collection of anecdotes based on true accounts from people living with cancer. Pammies Being in her sixties, Ina found that fashion had skipped past her. She was happy to pick up on perhaps the odd one or two styles, but no longer had the desperate need to be completely up to date with her wardrobe. She was now happy to be comfortable above all else. She liked to think she watched her weight and was careful in the amount of wine she consumed; she liked to think that, but reality didn’t always match up. Nevertheless, she was a lady who knew life was for living, and that a little overindulgence  every now...
  4. What are your favourite holiday reads?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I spend so many hours in front of a screen , that when I go on holiday I really enjoy the opportunity to read a good book. No kindle for me. I like to be totally away from my screen  and take great pleasure in actually turning pages .  I know that kindles are more practical – and certainly help avoid the risk of excess package, but I just love to hold the book in my hand. As I review so many self help books for the website, when I’m on holiday I just read fiction. I love a light hearted romance novel to begin with, one where you know at the end of the first chapter which characters are going to overcome prejudice and...
  5. Review of Smile Again: Your recovery from burnout, breakdown and overwhelming stress by Anna Pinkerton

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      Review by Ceri Wheeldon Anna Pinkerton, author of Smile Again is a psychotherapist who specialises in working with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, created in personal and professional lives.  In this book, Anna describes the different kinds of stress and life events that can lead to burnout and breakdown,  both created by one time events such as an accident, or witnessing a crime, to slow building events leading to trauma and breakdown such as domestic abuse or bullying. Life events leading to breakdown or trauma can leave you feeling lost. You lose your short term vision, lose your future and can find the present terrifying. Anna’s book explains how you have reached this point and offers 7 processes to follow to recover. Full Recovery IS Possible Anna shows...
  6. Book Review : Younger by Dr Sara Gottfried – Turn back the clock 10 years

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Younger sets out a seven week programme ‘The Younger Protocol’ using science to empower us to change the way we age. According to the cover we can turn back the clock 10 years by following the programme, although I have to stress this book is not just  focussing on looking younger (although increased energy and vitality helps that) but on feeling healthier, revitalised and rejuvenated. The book starts by explaining the five factors that steal our youth – brain, muscle, hormones, toxic fat and gut. Dr Gottfried explains that we are not slaves to our genes – and that in fact there are key genes that lifestyle choices can influence, those that affect weight, ageing, appearance, stress resilience, mental acuity and healthspan. The Younger...
  7. How to avoid losing your self-confidence and self-esteem – warning, some nudity is involved!

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    Article by Martin Goodyer Go find a mirror and take a good look. What do you see? If you find yourself remembering that once upon a time you lived with more confidence or felt better about yourself then than you do now, then you’ve probably had a ‘WTF just happened to me?’ moment. Likely as not it wasn’t a moment of pleasure, more like a painful slap of reality when you realised something wasn’t working for you, – but quite what it is, now that’s not clear. It can be quite confusing. Time is a funny thing. It’s natural that as it passes, the unconscious questions that cause you to doubt yourself build and strengthen. Those tiny doubts get stronger and stronger until doubt about doubt becomes certainly. You become sure that...
  8. Book Review: The Next by Stephanie Gangi

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon If you were  to die and had the chance to haunt just one person, who would it be? I can think of at least one person I would like to haunt given the chance – and I know friends would not need a second guess to know just who that would be! But would there be any point? I have just read the debut novel The Next  by Stephanie Gangi , an author in her late fifties.  When her lead character Joanna dies, she feels she has unfinished business,  and decides to make her ‘presence’ felt.  Her bitterness at the end of her life regarding her abandonment by the man she considered to be the love of her life left her daughters feeling she hadn’t had...
  9. How To Survive A Psychopath Boss by Terence Mauri

     Article by Terence Mauri I have a confession. I once had a psychopath boss. His nickname in the office was ‘silent assassin’. He wasn’t the CEO but did hold a senior position as Head of Department for a big consultancy I worked at. I was in a windowless temporary office set up on his floor where I was asked to help get rid of ten percent of employees owing to difficult trading conditions. The language used to describe this sorry state of affairs was obviously much more slick. ‘Downsizing’ was the term used, if I recall correctly. My boss would make a show of coming in and out of my office and just stay for five minutes practicing his imaginary golf swing without saying a thing. Other times, I’d bump into him in the life and he would just stand there with an unsettling death stare. No hello, no greeting, nothing. I...
  10. Book Review: Who’d Have Thought It by Christine Webber: a must read for SWOFTYs (Single Women over 50)

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon What happens when your life is turned upside down at the age of 54, when your husband announces that he wants as a divorce, as he has fallen in love with someone else. This is the situation Dr Annie Templeton finds herself in.  Initially finding herself in a state of shock, she subsequently accepts that she had essentially been ‘going through the motions’ in respect to her marriage , and emerges to rebuild her single life.  But Annie soon comes to realise that being newly single in your 50s is very different to being single in your 20s or 30s. As friends around her evaluate their own relationships, and Annie finds herself adjusting to being both single and an emptynester, while being a supportive friend and mother, coping with an...
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