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  1. “I must have been a disappointment to my parents” an interview with author Michele Hanson.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon ‘I realised as I was writing my book, what a disappointment I must have been to my parents’ said Michele Hanson when I interviewed her about her latest book, “What the Grown-Ups Were Doing, An Odyssey through 1950s Suburbia” a lovely memoir about growing up in a Jewish family in Ruislip in post-war Britain, when childhood was far more innocent and the absence of TV and computer games encouraged creativity and more playing outdoors, picking blackberries, skipping, playing 5 Stones and Jacks. Thwarting her elegant mother’s desire to dress her in ‘pretty frocks’, Michele was a tomboy preferring to dress in trousers – and who hated wearing shoes ( in part due to having large feet, the only choice other than men’s shoes appeared to be white patent leather, making...
  2. What hidden gems do you have in your wardrobe? An interview with Tracy Martin

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We all have that much loved dress tucked away in the back of our wardrobes that we just can’t bear to part with. Apart from any sentimental value it might have- it may just be ‘collectable’ as well. In her book Collectable Names and Designs in Women’s Fashion, Past and Present, Tracy Martin takes us on a trip down memory lane as she explores how events of the day have influenced fashion, and the inspiration behind some of the most iconic designs. Packed full of great photos, the book is a delight for anyone woman with an interest in style, and the stories behind the clothes we wear. I caught up with Tracy Martin and asked her to shed a little more light on her book. Tracy, what...
  3. Linda MacDonald- her debut novel- on bullying and how it affects you in later life

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Linda MacDonald  had always wanted to write a book about bullying, but wanted to write a fictional account. She particularly wanted to explore how being bullied at school could have an impact later in life.  The book was put on hold until Linda could think of an appropriate storyline to weave the issue in to. What better time to place her character than at midlife and at a particularly vulnerable crossroad? Linda had already written a couple of novels with unrelated themes alongside her career as a teacher – what Linda likes to refer to as her ‘practice’ books- neither of which were published. Linda was herself bullied when she was young. The advent of the social network ‘Friends Reunited’ offered an opportunity for Linda to make contact...
  4. Book Review: Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines by Carol E. Wyer

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    Review by Fabafterfifty As Mandy approaches 50 she ponders her life and her future- and starts a blog- sharing her ups and downs. From feeling invisible (even to her husband) and dealing with her ‘boomerang kid’ son, Mandy shares her thoughts and feelings with her newfound ‘blog friends’ with a few laughs and surprises along the way. If you yearn for a little more excitement in your life, and feel that even your mother seems to have more fun than you do, then following Mandy’s journey as she enters her 50s in Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines  could be just the book for you. What’s the antidote to a boring marriage? Could a ‘lost love’s’ return be the antidote to a boring marriage? How do you fill the...
  5. Book Review: Still 25 Inside by Lyndsey Agness

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon What do you do if you still feel 25 on the inside, but are aware that as you approach midlife, you haven’t done all the things you set out to do? The life you want may be eluding you so far, but this doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your dreams. Lyndsey’s book takes you through the 8 attitudes of successful mid-life women. For each attitude there are a series of exercises to work through helping you to navigate your way through midlife to live the best possible second half . From self esteem, self belief, knowing yourself and understanding the life you truly want to live, Still 25 Inside offers excellent insights and makes you think about how you want to live...
  6. Arlene Phillips- Dance to the Musicals for Fitness and Fun after 50

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Arlene Phillips talks to Fabafterfifty about her new book, Dance to the Musicals, and how dance can be a great way to get fit over 50. How effective is dance as part of a fitness regime for women over 50? Dance is so important for a number of reasons, not just for the physical benefits but also for mental agility.  Learning and following a series of steps keeps your brain active and alert, which is so important when you are getting older.  Dance is one of the most effective ways of lifting your spirits and giving you a feeling of wellbeing. For those who hate the thought of ‘exercise’ why should they choose dance?  Dance is a much more sociable way of exercising, for those that don’t like the solitary feel of working out...
  7. Why I Wrote 3 Books by Caroline Carr

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    Article  by Caroline Carr I’d often thought about writing a book, but decided I didn’t have time. And then, I went through an experience which changed my mind. About 10 years ago, my husband became depressed. He’d always been prone to low moods – but over the years I’d thought little of them, because they’d been balanced by the great fun we had together, and the delight and laughter we’d shared. But things began to change, and I began to worry. He became increasingly negative and irritable – although he tried hard not to be. I worried and ruminated, and wondered how I could help, but I didn’t tell anyone. I just couldn’t. I felt that to voice my concerns would be to betray the man I loved. My husband’s depression But...
  8. Kathleen Kent, Author of The Traitor’s Wife Talks about her Ancestors’ Roles in History

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon How would it feel to discover that not one, but two of your ancestors had been key figures in big moments in history? I had the opportunity to interview author Kathleen Kent and ask her just that! How did you find out who your ancestors were? I remember my maternal grandmother fascinating me with bedtime stories about a ‘witch’ called with Martha who was hanged for witchcraft, but had no idea until I was older and studying the Salem Witch Trials that the stories passed down had been based on historical fact and that Martha Carrier, my grandmother nine generations ago, had indeed been hanged for witchcraft. What nobody spoke of, however, was the significance of Martha’s husband Thomas Carrier. King Charles 1st’s Executioner In researching more about Martha’s life for my book ‘The Heretic’s Daughter’, I discovered...
  9. Calling All Book Lovers. Swap a Favourite Book to Support Bowel Cancer UK and Help Save Lives

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    Article by Fabafterfifty I love to read and there’s nothing I enjoy more than curling up with a good book. Well now Bowel Cancer UK is asking people to dig out a favourite book and help raise funds . It’s so easy  to host a book swap with friends, family or colleagues, get everyone to make a donation and pass on the proceeds to Bowel Cancer UK. Jane Asher is encouraging everyone to participate. Jane Asher’s favourite book Jane’s favourite book is The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. ‘This is the first of Dawkins’ books that I read and perhaps his greatest. I thought- like many people I suspect- that I knew what evolution was, but it was reading this book that really brought home the wonder and complexity of it. It’s always reassuring. When life seems...
  10. Book Review – The Importance of Being Myrtle by Ulrika Jonsson

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    Review by Fabafterfifty When Myrtle’s husband of 40 years dies suddenly on his way to work, Myrtle’s whole world turns upside down, not least because of the revelations his death leads to. Rebuilding your life as a widow At 58 Myrtle is faced with rebuilding her life, confronting her past and coping with her guilt. For Myrtle, as well as grief, widowhood brings her a first chance of true happiness and the chance to be herself. For Myrtle’s daughters , their father’s death also brings about a time of reflection about who they are and how they live their own lives. I don’t want to say too much or I’ll give away the whole storyline. The complexity of family relationships and sibling rivalry are both highlighted sensitively. Dealing with...
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