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  1. 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...
  2. How to Wear Black and Not Look Older

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    Article By Fabafterfifty When I open my wardrobe the predominant colour is undoubtedly black.  I feel ‘safe’ in black, perhaps misguidedly I think I look slimmer in black, but could myself and other  50 something black dress wearers actually be making ourselves look older? Most of us love a little black dress as an effortless, glamorous and smart wardrobe staple – especially during the winter months and party season. But how you wear your LBD is key, as few of us can wear black well without it ageing us if we have the wrong skin tone says Jules Standish, The Colour Counsellor and author of How Not to Wear Black and discover your true colours Why wearing black can be ageing the older you get. According...
  3. When Books become Friends

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    Article by Fabafterfifty There are some books I just don’t want to finish! I love finding those ‘magic’ books that draw you in, you don’t want to put down, but don’t want to finish as turning the last page is like saying goodbye to an friend. There are some books I’ll happily pass on to friends and family to read, but those magical ones that I have to keep close by knowing that I will have to be reacquainted again soon. When I interviewed best-selling author Lesley Pearse recently, Lesley said that for her The Thorn Birds brought back many happy memories of feeding her baby daughter while reading the epic novel and doomed love of Meggie and Father Ralph. ...
  4. Lesley Pearse -From Accidental Bunny Girl to Best Selling Author

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Author Lesley Pearse’s own life story almost reads like a novel in itself!  Her success as a novelist came in her 50s, showing that reinvention is always possible- especially when you are following your dream!  Lesley has sold more than 4 million copies of her books to date. What was life like as a Bunny Girl? I hadn’t planned on becoming a Bunny Girl. It was purely accidental! I was sharing a flat in London with some other girls- one had seen an ad and was going for an audition at the Playboy Club- she asked me to go along to lend some moral support. I did.  She didn’t get the job – I did! Not something my friend was too happy about at the time, but we got over it...
  5. Do Men Understand the Menopause? Interview with Sue Brayne

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Do the men in our lives know enough about what we experience when going through the menopause?  I caught up with Sue Brayne, author of  ‘Sex, Meaning and the Menopause, a Book for Men and Women’. A book which looks at the menopause from both a male and female perspective, and the impact it can have on relationships. The motivation behind the book helping men understand the menopause Sue Brayne was sitting at dinner with her 50something friends  with the husbands bemoaning the fact that they had been totally unprepared for the changes experienced by their wives as they went through the menopause.  Sue decided it was something to explore. “ They all complained that there was a lack of understanding of menopause from a...
  6. Fit at Fifty and Beyond- Book Review

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    Article by Fabafterfifty How to be Fit at Fifty and Beyond – Book review Many of us prepare for the financial aspects of our future retirement, but fail to prepare for the lifestyle changes we need in order to remain healthy and fit. Fitness is not just for the young, it is available at any age. Dr Michael Goth. A leading expert on ageing and nutrition, has written Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition programme. The book provides sensible advice for mature adults to improve their overall health and well–being, and overall fitness and appearance.  The book offers sensible advice on nutrition,  highlighting that a healthy diet shouldn’t be viewed as restricting food, but as a change in eating patterns and behaviour that will...
  7. Rosy’s moving conclusion to her ‘Love Not Smoking’ Journey

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    Guest article by Rosy Holt I was making what I now appreciate was a somewhat half-hearted attempt at giving up smoking I did the Love Not Smoking course and kept looking at the book, sometimes a bit too often really especially as I was constantly thinking I “needed” a cigarette, then a close friend of mine died, no warning, no time to say goodbye she was gone.  Death really is so final and to be robbed of telling someone what a great friend they had been left me feeling very unhappy and I reached for the cigarettes, did they help I wonder, who knows but I know in that moment had I not gone to buy 10 cigarettes (only real smokers buy 20’s) I would have...
  8. The Bad Tempered Gardener- interview with Anne Wareham

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    Article by Fabafterfifty At Fabafterfifty we love to see women over 50 follow their dreams. Anne Wareham  has not only created an acclaimed garden with her husband Charles Hawes, the Veddw, on the Welsh borders, but Anne has also written a book to share her experiences. Anne sees the garden as an art form- and has often provoked the traditional world of gardening with her own approach and comments. We asked Anne about her book,’The Bad Tempered Gardener’ and , of course, her garden. Why did you write the book?  It was taking a chance – I started it without a commission – but I wanted to write freely about gardening and the garden world without the usual constraints of the garden media. The demand to be ‘nice’ and bland… How...
  9. Too Young to Get Old- interview with author Christine Webber

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    Article by Fabafterfifty As we navigate our 50s and beyond, it’s good to know that there are some excellent books to help us on our way. One of my Fabafterfifty  recommendations is Too Young to Get Old by Christine Webber. We asked Christine about her own experience of life after 50, and her inspiration behind the book. Was turning 50 a significant factor in your life? I suppose it’s a landmark moment for anyone: half a century and all that. But I think that since then – and there have been quite a few further birthdays – I’ve tended to treat my age as a bit of a joke. I feel so unlike what I thought 50-plus would feel like, and so unlike how my parents were at my...
  10. Love Not Smoking book review

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    Article by Fabafterfifty All smokers know that smoking is bad for your health, and most smokers by the time they reach their fifties have had more than one attempt to give up. So how is this book able to help where others fail? I met Karen Pine, Professor of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire,  one of the co-authors of Love Not Smoking, who explained that it is often the habit of smoking, and the way our mind associates smoking with something pleasurable, such as our morning tea, coffee with dinner, chatting with friends, that we have to break, rather than an addiction to nicotine itself. Karen also explained that you have to prepare to not smoke, so the first 2 weeks of her 6 week ‘Love Not Smoking’ programme still allows...
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