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  1. At long last I’m writing for myself! Sue Clark talks about publishing her first book

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    Article by Sue Clark After a lifetime spent writing for others – for radio and TV, newspapers, magazines and PR companies – I decided a few years ago to write something for myself. A novel. A comedy fiction. The time felt right. The job was taking up less of my time and, to be honest, my interest. The mortgage was paid off. The kids had left home … come back, and left again, this time for good. What did I have to lose? I took a creative writing course in Oxford. Mostly for the great advice and industry insights but a little bit so I could boast of being Oxford-educated! I’d recommend a creative writing course to any aspiring novelists, incidentally. I was...
  2. More Lockdown/Summer reads

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon To be honest, as much as I love to read, my ‘normal’ life is so hectic, that I rarely find time to do it! I just about manage to get through my Book Club’s choice! As surreal as Lockdown has been, it has enabled me to catch up on some reading. I thought I would share some of the books I have enjoyed with you.   American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield American life is a fictional account of the life of the wife of an American President, from the early days of their relationship through to their time in the White House. It is loosely inspired by the life of Laura Bush. It is a fascinating read – and gives you a glimpse of what it like to...
  3. Authors over 50: Author interview with Martin van Es about his novel Call Me Joe

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon We regularly interview authors whose books appeal to women over 50. Unusually on this occasion we are interviewing a male author , Martin van Es,  whose perspective on life changed when he became a grandfather- and his newfound priorities are incorporated into his first novel, Call Me Joe. Tell us a little about yourself I was born in 1959. I’m Dutch and I have lived in The Netherlands my entire life. I have been fortunate to travel the world during my career in the packaging trading business. I’m an entrepreneur, strategic advisor, a father, a grandfather and a husband to my lovely wife Sis. When did you start to write? I have always been interested in writing but because I...
  4. Interview with author of My Perfect Sister, Penny Batchelor

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to feature interviews with women who inspire, and also to highlight books that are relevant to our demograhic that I think you will enjoy. Today Penny Batchelor, author of My Perfect Sister talks about the inspiration behind her book, her motivation to start writing, and the role her own disability had to play.   Tell us a little about yourself I live in Warwickshire with my husband Chris. As well as a writer I’m a keen traveller, knitter and a voracious reader! I’m in my mid 40s and it has been a lifelong ambition to become a novelist. When did you start to write? I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to do so. Last year my parents moved house and brought...
  5. Interview with Stephanie Raffelock about her book A Delightful Little Book on Aging

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   Stephanie, tell us a little about you: I live on the edges of Austin, Texas, in a community called Steiner Ranch, where all of the women are belles and all the men got your back.  Hubby and I moved here in the fall of 2018, because of the warm weather and our shared desire to never own another snowblower.   When did you start to write?  I’ve always written. When I was a little girl, I wrote jokes.  I thought they were fun to write because you could add a picture to make your point. And, I loved to make people laugh. As a teenager, I wrote lyrics and poetry on a baby blue Smith-Corona electric typewriter, the best Christmas gift...
  6. Ida Abbott talks about her book Retirement by Design and how to best transition at this new life stage

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Ida Abbott wants us to rethink our approach to retirement. Here she shares with us why she decided to write this much needed book, and the key points she hopes we will benefit from by reading it. Tell us a little about yourself I live and work out of my home office in Oakland, California. My husband and I have been married more than 50 years and have two grown sons; one is married and has a new baby (our first grandchild) and the other is an expat who has lived and worked in several countries since college. I was a...
  7. Interview with Dr Louise Pendry on Challenging Perceptions of Age and her New Book Grandmas Can’t Trampoline

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    The podcast is also available to listen on iTunes Dr Louise Pendry of Exeter University talk to Ceri Wheeldon of Fab after Fifty on how we are influenced by stereotypes of ageing, and how our impressions of ageing are formed from a very young age. Her new book Grandmas Can’t Trampoline is written for young girls , to help combat the normal stereotypes they already have when it comes to negative perceptions of ageing. ...
  8. Interview with author Elizabeth Woodcraft on her new book The Girls from Greenway

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Author Elizabeth Woodcraft talks about career as a writer, and the inspiration behind her latest book, The Girls from Greenway I live in London but I’m originally from Chelmsford in Essex, where my recent books are set. When did you start to write? I’ve written stories and plays since I was small. My best friend Christine and I used to produce a newspaper, using a John Bull printing set and a lot of handwriting that we delivered to the houses in the street. I also used to write plays that we performed for the other children in the neighbourhood. ‘Granny is a Fusspot’ was one of my finest works (aged 8). I also had a lot of penfriends and wrote and...
  9. Author Jane Wenham-Jones talks about the story behind her book The Big Five O

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   In the latest of our author interviews , Jane Wenham-Jones shares the inspiration behind her book, The Big Five O, and how she became a published author Jane Wenham-Jones – author, journalist, presenter, speaker, creative writing tutor, Jacqueline-of-all-trades… When did you start to write? Properly when I was at home with a small child some 20 odd years ago. (One of my early short stories was about him locking me in a cupboard!) But I’ve always written bits and pieces. What have been the challenges for you? Fitting it all in. I always want to do everything and have the attention span of a gnat. What did you do prior to this? Was a teacher, ran my own business, did copywriting, buy-to-let, co-owned a wine bar, washed...
  10. Do you love books? Your chance to vote for your favourites: London’s Big Read 2019

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    Article by Helen Lewis   Fourteen incredible authors invite you to read their books, share your reviews and vote for London’s BIG READ of 2019! Do you love books? Do you adore discovering new authors? Are you open to trying new genres? Do you get a kick out of sharing the excitement of finishing an amazing book with your friends and family? Today, World Book Day, sees the opening of the online vote for the London’s BIG READ competition. Fourteen incredible books have been shortlisted across genres including non-fiction, poetry, fiction for adults, children and teens… This is how you can get involved: Why not select a few from the shortlist to read with friends – or your local book group? You could arrange a book swap...
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