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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (6 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826423019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826423016
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Sue originally qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1974. She eventually left the medical profession to pursue other interests, including working for a short time in the television industry, and then as a cook.

In 2001, Sue completed her first MA in the Rhetoric and Rituals of Death, at King Alfred's College, Winchester. She went on to train as a psychotherapist, specialising in trauma, death and bereavement. Her book, The D-Word: Talking about Death was published in January 2010 (Continuum Books). In 2010, she completed a second MA in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.

When the menopause arrived, Sue wanted to find out more about how other women were experiencing it. This inspired her to write Sex, Meaning and the Menopause (Continuum Books, June 2011). She blogs regularly on her website about issues to do with menopause, death and dying, and the aging process.

Sue has a narrow boat called the Molly May, and she is addicted to Masterchef.


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Overall the book makes useful reading for both therapists and clients wanting to increase their understanding of the menopause and I commend the author's encouragement for more open discussion of the subject. --Therapy Today

At last, here s a book that tackles taboos around sexual changes, and the grief of saying goodbye to youth and fertility... Useful for preparing you for what s coming, or reassuring you if it s already happened. --Prima

About the Author

Sue Brayne is a published author, academic writer and researcher, workshop leader and psychotherapist. She is the author of The D-Word: Talking About Dying (Continuum, 2010).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James A on 16 Jun. 2011
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As a psychotherapist and as a man in mid-life I am delighted and relieved to see that Sue Brayne is lifting the emotional lid off the issue of meanopause and the effect it can have on marital life. This book provides an important reference point for men and women to understand the impact of these fundamental biological and emotional changes in women and I believe that reading it could help those in troubled, long term heterosexual marriages. It normalizes and brings relief and identification with what for many women has been unspoken and even shameful. I highly recommend this book to both women and men! James Agar
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I read this out of curiosity - although I wasn't expecting a hooray for HRT neither was I impressed to read the author stating that females who went from using the pill onto HRT to be soulless. This is a nasty inaccurate judgement from a writer who extols the use of black cohosh which can cause liver damage and death.
The book puts forth the theory that menopause is a spiritual journey and once you are in menopause it is natural and desirable for females to be reborn as nuns.
I noticed that women seemed to be getting the message that many enjoyable activities should be given up as they seek to find themselves !
Utter baloney I'm afraid.
Male interviewees seemed compliant with the philosophy and I wondered cynically if dissenters were not included in this book.
As for HRT not a single positive experience was described which didn't surprise me.It all sounded terribly earnest, very drab and grim -certainly not a self help book to suffer less - more inclined to encourage wallowing in decrepitude .
This may not be a good idea - one in two hospital beds us occupied by a female suffering from a disease caused by menopause and it costs the NHS a kings ransom.
Seeing old ladies shuffling around using Zimmer frames unable to look people in the eye provoked me to try walking with my head stooped - it was very disconcerting and frightening and not something most females would choose given the option but this author breezes through the health implications to focus on the souls or lack of them depending on the female users or abstainers of HRT .
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I can see that this book would be very helpful to many women especially those in longer term relationships. I'm glad
I read it but did find it gave a fairly grim picture of menopause - this could be perfectly correct and may have prepared me well as I haven't reached menopause yet. I am just at the beginning of perrimenopause and therefore am just reading about what to expect next.
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