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Jane Lambert on midlife reinvention and writing her first book: Learning to Fly


Article Jane Lambert

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About me:


I studied French & German then travelled the world as cabin crew before making the life-changing decision to become an actress. I have appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” and “Deathtrap” in London’s West End.

“Learning to Fly” is my debut novel.


What inspired me to write:


At 50 my life fell apart when I discovered my husband was having an affair. With my confidence at an all-time low, my acting career then took a nose dive. I thought I would never feel happiness again. During my painful divorce I found solace in writing, and to my surprise a romantic comedy began to unfold. Through my novel I was gradually rediscovering my sense of humour and my self-esteem.

With a stronger mental attitude, I signed up to take part in a charity cycle to Paris for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of my mum. This gave me another focus and the training made me fitter than I had ever been as a younger woman. Cycling down the Champs Elysées towards the Eiffel Tower, it was if the fog had lifted and I suddenly felt free.

I believe that positivity attracts positive energy. Having let go of my acting dream it then came and found me, as I fulfilled my ambition of performing in the West End.

Good things can be born from unhappy situations

Earlier this year I published my novel, “Learning To Fly” which has taught me to believe in myself and to let go of the clutter of negative feelings. The subtitle of my book is “some things happen for a reason” and I am a great believer in this philosophy: had my husband not betrayed me I would not have written my book, cycled to Paris or be as confident and fulfilled as I am now. Good things can be born from unhappy situations.

My book opens with the following quote by George Eliot, “It is never too late to be what you might have been” – this is the message behind the story – don’t give up, ignore negative feelings or comments and have a go – you never know where the unknown path may lead.

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Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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