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  1. Book review: The Island Home by Libby Page

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon How do you know where you really belong? Single mother Lorna has a stable, safe life in London where she works as a teacher. She has not returned to her home town on the remote Scottish island of Kip since leaving in her late teens. After twenty years following the death of her parents Lorna reluctantly takes her daughter to Kip to meet the rest of the family.  Her absence of two decades has sparked resentment and rumours. Can rifts be healed as Lorna and others are forced to confront the past? Until this visit Lorna had never met her sister in law, Alice,  but they strike up an instant rapport.  Alice lives on a tiny island in...
  2. Book Review: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon  of Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason Mental health is discussed far more openly today than previously, with people being encouraged to discuss their issues and seek help. Sorrow and Bliss follows the life of Martha who is beautiful and talented yet never seems to quite ‘fit in’ and finds many aspects of life far more difficult to handle than others. Constantly being told that she is sensitive she battles on – until her life finally unravels and she is forced to confront her situation and seek a proper diagnosis. The book is written from Martha’s perspective with humour and curiosity as opposed to pity. It acknowledges the positives in her life as well as the negatives as she...
  3. Author JM Forrest talks about her life as a writer and her latest book ‘Orders from Above’

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Fab after Fifty is all about inspiring women to make the second half of life the best half! We feature women who inspire – and regularly interview authors whose books appeal to women over 50. Today JM Forrest chats about her life as an author   When did you start to write? According to my mother I liked to make up little stories before I could write, and she tells me I couldn’t wait to start school so I could learn how to write them down. What have been the challenges for you? Just getting started each day when I’m working on a novel, because I’m an excellent procrastinator and will find all sorts of chores that absolutely must be...
  4. An Excerpt from 86 year old stand up comedian D’yan Forest’s memoir ‘I Did It My Ways’

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    Excerpt from D’yan Forest Known by critics as the “naughty version of Betty White,” it’s no surprise that 86 year-old stand-up comedian D’yan Forest’s vibrant personality shines in her new memoir, I DID IT MY WAYS. In these candid tales on heritage, love, identity, divorce, and ageing, Forest dares readers to dream big, fall flat, and live life to the fullest. Showing us how to age defiantly and embrace identity, Forest reminds us that love has no age nor gender. Turning to stand-up comedy in her 60s, D’yan’s inspiring second act exemplifies the diverse experiences of women aging with attitude. D’yan has generously shared an excerpt from her book.  I Did It My Ways: An 86-year-old stand-up comedian’s lifelong journey from prudish Bostonian to scandalous Parisienne, and...
  5. Claire Walton, author of Super Neuro You, on how her book can help achieve more with less stress

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Claire Walton talks about how she combined her experience as a coach and her love of journals to write and publish her first book. I’m a 52-year-old High Performance Coach living in North Yorkshire with partner, Jay. I have a daughter, Emily, who no longer lives with me as she is 29, she lives in Newcastle, and we are very close regardless. When did you start to write? I have kept a journal on and off for years, for my own use and I started writing the odd article about 6 years ago, just for social media posts. I only recently turned my hand to combining my love of journals and my love of coaching and mentoring into a writing project...
  6. Interview with Pam Valois, author of Blooming in Winter: The Story of a Remarkable Twentieth-Century Woman

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon So often we hear the phrase ‘late bloomers’ to describe women to come into their own during the second half of their lives. Pam Valois, author of Blooming in Winter: The Story of a Remarkable Twentieth-Century Woman  tells the story of a woman who inspired her throughout her life – and how she sees her as a role model in how to approach the ‘winter’ of her life. Tell us about you I am 77 and live in Berkeley, California.  My career was in health care; I retired the day I turned 65!  My husband and I now live in our dream house—the house we’d admired for years when we lived across the street from Jacomena Maybeck. When did you start to...
  7. Karen Espley talks about her first book published in her 50s: The Impulsive Explorer

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon In the latest of our author interviews, Karen Espley who published her first book, The Impulsive Explorer, at the age of 58 shares the inspiration behind it. A little bit about you: I’m 58, single, no children, two cats (!) and living in Horsham. When did you start to write? I started writing after my trip to the Antarctic in 2000. And then when I went to Ghana in 2001, I wrote diaries to remind me of my time there and was a prolific letter writer back to my friends in the UK. And then when I went travelling around New Zealand and Australia in 2013, I started a blog to capture the memories and to share...
  8. Midlife Reinvention: Julie Ryan McGue publishes a memoir detailing the search for her birth family following a health scare

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon As you know I love to share inspirational midlife stories where women over 50 follow their dreams. Today Julie Ryan McGue who was adopted when young talks about the path to writing her memoir  which details how a health scare led her on an amazing search for her birth relatives Tell us a little about yourself I am an identical twin. My sister and I were adopted at three weeks old and raised together. By the time I was thirteen, my parents had adopted again–this time a boy–and after that they conceived three biological children. We were a blended family, and I never sensed that my folks played favorites. I always knew I was adopted and that I was loved. Researching...
  9. January challenge to stay fabulous over 50: Read a book by a new author

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon     I have written previously about how books can become friends. In these times of lockdowns our friendships with books are more important than ever! I have to say that during the summer lockdown when the weather was good my weekend treat was to sit out in the garden with a good book and a glass of chilled rose wine. Not quite as good as being on holiday but it was the best I could do! I have always enjoyed reading biographies ( I am sharing some of my favourites below )and love historical novels. I set up a book club locally a couple of years ago and as we take it turns to choose the books that...
  10. Author Sue Moorcroft talks about exploring Sweden to research locations for her book Christmas Wishes

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    Article by Sue Moorcroft Last December, I mentioned to my British-Swedish friend author Christina Courtenay that I was wondering where to set my next winter book. She suggested, ‘Make it Sweden and we can go together. We can stay with Mum.’ My editor agreed that Sweden would be a gorgeous Christmas setting – what’s not to love about snow and glögg? – and Christina transformed herself into my creative director, researcher, translator, PA, historian and travel guide. She created an itinerary between Småland, the area of southern Sweden in which her mother lives, and Stockholm. Airline bookings, hire car invoices and event tickets flooded my inbox. She arranged everything except the hotel in Stockholm. That was my only duty...
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