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  1. Book review..Learning to Speak American by Colette Dartford

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon   How do you move on with your life following the death of a child? This is the main question running through Colette Dartford’s first novel. Three years following the death of their only child, Lola and Duncan find themselves functioning but not really living as they go about the motions of their daily lives. Each dealing with their grief in very different ways a chance visit to a derelict house in California offers them a seed of hope and happiness.  As restoration of the house progresses Lola feels herself slowly coming back to life…but can their marriage find that lost spark that died with their daughter? As we  follow both Lola and Duncan’s  journeys we see them come to terms with loss, grief, love and life. New friendships, new perspectives,...
  2. Book Review: Learning to Fly by Jane Lambert

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Is it too late to follow your dream? That is what Emily Forsyth sets out to discover as she walks away from her life as an air stewardess and sells her comfortable home to follow her dream of becoming an actress in her 40s. With her long-term relationship failing Emily has to reinvent all aspects of her life. The book explores  midlife reinvention, dreams and friendship as Emily comes to terms with the decisions she has made and the new life she has chosen to live , with some hits and misses along the way – on all fronts! A fabulous read with lots of humour – as I read it I thought of it as being a Bridget Jones for Grownups…and  could  relate...
  3. A Mother’s Time Capsule : The Book

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    Post by Elizabeth Havey Mother. Writer. Those are two of the titles that I have proudly claimed for a long time. But now I have something to offer for those two titles—A Mother’s Time Capsule—my first published book. It’s a collection of stories that I began to write when I was no longer teaching, instead raising my two daughters and caring for a home. It was a time when women’s magazines were publishing lots of fiction and I decided I CAN DO THIS! So I set my desk in a corner of the den, bought a decent electric typewriter and before my children awoke each morning, squirreled away an hour to craft some stories. The strength of my stories increased when I wrote about every facet...
  4. Jill Shaw Ruddock talks about The Second Half of Your Life – the book.

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I read and the reviewed the first edition of  The Second Half of Your Life shortly after launching the Fab after Fifty website. Well, Jill has now updated the book to provide women over over 50 with more inspiration and information to make the second half of life the best half! In this video interview Jill shares her motivation for writing the book. She explains that it was essentially a springboard to open a dialogue about life after the menopause, and how the changes to the female brain due to hormones help to empower midlife women to be confident and successful in the second half of life.   Jill believes in the philosophy of ‘5 a Day’...
  5. Going Gypsy: a video interview with Emptynesters and Gypsynesters David and Veronica James

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to share stories of people who inspire. I first connected with David and Veronica James about 5 years ago when they had started on their adventure after their kids leave home. As they launch their first book talking about their travels and new life, I caught up with the Gypsynesters in a video interview. They are great fun and I hope you enjoy my vdeo interview as they share their highs and lows, and Veronica shares her story from being a helicopter mum to jumping out of a plane in Australia.   These are the questions I put to the Gypsynesters about their fabulous midlife adventure. Most people become emptynesters when the kids leave home – but you left home too. How did that come about? What was it like having ‘no nest’ at all? How did your kids react to you leaving home? What was...
  6. 10 Easy Steps to lose weight, look younger and feel healthier : Review of Eat Nourish Glow

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon It is refreshing to come across a book which is straightforward, talks common sense and makes you want to take accountability for your own health. Eat. Nourish. Grow. by Amelia Freer guides you through 10 steps to destock and restock your cupboards and your approach to diet and fitness. Starting many of her chapters with thought provoking quotes such as : Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later...
  7. How do you define style? Look at Advanced Style for Inspiration

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Does wearing a hat make you stylish? Is the shoes, the earrings – or just a strong sense of self? Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen is a wonderful book – full of photographs of stylish women – advanced in both years and style as he captured them on camera as they walked through the streets of New York. A I looked through the wonderful images in the book, it struck me just how many of the stylish women featured wore hats or headpieces. They all look stylish – incredibly ‘pulled together’. The hats add to both their style and their stature. It did make me wonder why so many of us (myself included) tend to wear hats only for special occasions, when a simple hat really can transform an outfit – not...
  8. Top 10 Tips this Christmas – Plan Ahead

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    Article by Christine Ida Harrington Christmas can be both the most enjoyable time of the year and the most stressful.  Here are my top ten tips for a stress free Christmas. Start thinking about Christmas early, preferably in September, jotting down ideas as they come to mind in a special Christmas notebook. Make lists in this book for cards, presents, shopping, jobs plus don’t forget the armoury of stationary at your disposal allowing you to accessorize these lists anyway you want for instance colour coded highlighting modeled on a traffic light –  ‘RED’ you need to get this done now! Keep a detailed accurate diary or calendar. View it daily and enter dates and times of commitments as soon as they are known – I prefer a traditional paper diary as it...
  9. Why I wrote ‘A Woman with (No) Strings Attached’

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    Article by Lucie Novak Six years ago I thought my life was over. My husband left me for younger woman. I began comfort eating made which obviously made me put on weight, I felt old. After a year of living in this way I caught sight of myself and realised I had to force myself to wake up. I joined a gym, lost the weight, found a new man, an American.   Most of my life, I could not understand what people saw in sex. Sex during my marriage was a small gift for my husband, nothing more. At the age of 53 I met my new (and current partner) and I discovered what most women already knew, that sex can be fun and that there are men out there...
  10. The Making of Her – Two Different Sides of Women over 50

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     Article by Susie Nott-Bower It’s not often that I stay up all night to read a book I had just started – but that’s exactly what happened when I read The Making of Her , Susie Nott-Bower’s first novel. I’m going to say which of the two key characters I saw myself in – those who know me can probably guess! I have asked Susie to tell us a little about the thinking behind her book. Enjoy…Ceri 🙂 “Fifty is the new thirty,” I said.  I’d read these wise words in a magazine full of images of underage, underweight models. “Fifty,” Clara replied, “is the new geriatric, at least in my game.  I’m well past my sell-by date.  Not only on the shelf, but shoved to the very back of it.”   This conversation between...
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