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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Vermilion (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091939496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091939496
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In February 2011, Jill's book The Second Half of Your Life was published in the UK by Random House/Ebury (9th printing). The book is written especially written for women over 50, using the changes around menopause as the trigger to get to the best years of your life. Although based on the science of hormones, it is inspirational and provides prescriptive advice to encourage today's ageing population that they have the power to create the life they want to live. The book has been heralded as "one of the most important women's books for a decade", "groundbreaking", "inspirational" and "the manual for women in the second half of their life."

After publication, Jill set out to expand upon the ideas in her book and to make her words literally come to life. In May 2011, The Second Half Foundation (SHF) was approved by the UK Charity Commission (Reg 1141988) with the purpose of creating community hubs to tackle social isolation and create template for positive aging and wellbeing that accurately reflects ageing and the problems our growing old population face in 21st century. The first Second Half Centre (SHC) opened its doors on October 29th 2012. In just over two years, the SHC has over 1500 members, 70 hours of activities weekly, engages 180 volunteers, and 400 members attending classes and workshops each week.

Using the five components of successful ageing, as detailed in Jill's book, the Second Half Foundation aims to tackle isolation and loneliness for any person over the age of 50. Providing activities, teaching new skills and hobbies, and following the "Five a Day" (which has even now been adopted by the NHS), those in the second half of their lives are encouraged to discover why this is their best half. In December 2013, the SHF announced an agreement with the charity Open Age to take over the running and management of the SHC effective April 1, 2014. The Second Half Foundation intends to template the model they created in St Charles throughout London and the United Kingdom.

The Second Half of Your Life Foundation was selected by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea as her charity for 2011/2012. Jill Shaw Ruddock is the winner of the 2011 Veuve Clicquot "Woman of the Year Tribute", the 2012 Jewish Care Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2012 Common Good Award from Bowdoin College. Jill was named one of Kensington's 25 Most Inspirational People in the June 2012 issue of The Hill magazine and listed in Libertine magazine's Top 100 Dynamic Women in 2015.

Raised in Baltimore, Maryland and educated in its inner-city state schools, Jill Shaw Ruddock went on to get her degree in Politics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine (1977). She began a career in advertising working for Young and Rubicam in New York City, and then moved to publishing, working for Inc. magazine and The Atlantic Monthly. In 1983, Jill moved to London to co-head the consulting firm of The Government Research Corporation. In 1985, she joined the US investment bank Alex Brown & Sons and became the Managing Director and Head of their London office in 1994, managing their $60 million dollar European Equity business and supervising the mergers with Bankers Trust (1997) and Deutsche Bank (1999). After retiring from finance in 1999, she joined the main board of The Donmar Warehouse (2002) and The Mousetrap Theatre Projects (2005) chairing their fundraising efforts (work she continues to do). In 1999, she retired from finance and became In addition to her theater involvement, a board member of Bowdoin College Museum of Art. She was a trustee of Bowdoin College for ten years. She is married to Sir Paul Ruddock and has two daughters, Sophie and Isabella.

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Whoever you are at this moment, you have a choice. You can believe menopause signals the end or you can make a few small changes to finally become the person you always thought you could be. This title offers answers to the questions women think and care about at this time of their life.


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The book as a whole is written like a magazine article.
There are some good bits of information.The sort you already mostly know but have forgotten.
However there are an awful lot of tips and suggestions that are only going to be possible if your life is already ok.You need money and you need good health.
I can't find anything in here that will help if like me you have health issues, and isn't that one of the biggest challenges for many as we grow older.?
To give an example of why this book frustrates and disappoints me.
The author tells you to spend some time each day with people you love. It doesn't tell you how to cope if you have become isolated and simply cannot see people that you love each day! It would have been more realistic to have at least given suggestions of what else you can do.....eg, texting, emails, letters. Which is what I aim to do to fill the gap.
Somewhere the author states "there is no excuse for grey hair until aged 75 or older" ! Maybe that will convey where this book is at and why I do not like it.
I think that the second half of your life could be about embracing the strengths of getting older, not still chasing the superficial values we all tend to go along with when we are younger.
Most of the advice is available from many other self help books. Not to mention our own common sense. This after all the second half of our lives !
This is not the book I am looking for.
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This is a rather basic book. It's difficult to comprehend the flood of rave reviews about its life-changing nature. And all written within a couple of days?
Curious about this, I clicked on the "see all my reviews" button for the first couple of dozen of the reviewers. Every one of them had only this review to their name.
How likely is it that 47 people who have never reviewed a book on Amazon before will rush to the computer on the same couple of days to write a gushing five-star review for this book? Bear this in mind before rushing to buy.
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Yet another cheery,relentlessly upbeat tome urging women to take control of their lives post-menopause.It is very simplistic and appears to be written by someone only just into the menopause herself.This constant exhortation for women over 50 to "show the world they matter" is incredibly patronising and another way of making them feel inadequate.
Everyone of us is unique.We have different personalites,histories,experiences and physical capabilities.The issues we confront on the threshold of ageing are complex,subtle and indicators of the soul's call for inner development.Focusing on "being a player" and acting from the animus is a failure to respond to the great quest of the second half of life.As Carl Jung said;" What works in the morning of one's life is not appropriate in the afternoon".
If you want an intelligent book about ageing ,read Angeles Arrien's"The Second Half of Life".The contrast will stagger you.
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I read an article by the author in a local newspaper over a year ago. So it had my interest piqued. When the book came out a few months ago, I went to hear the author speak on a book tour(although after hearing her talk I was really skeptical). I bought the book anyway. It is so badly written. I found it grating. It gave no "new advice" on how to make the 2nd half of your life better. It just created an enormous amount of envy for the author, who is very wealthy and can afford "all the help" she can get for making the 2nd half of her life better. She is truly blessed by having a very wealthy husband that allowed her the time for this over hyped self indulgence exercise.
I truly hated this book. The author is pompous. Don't buy this book. If you read the article that came out by the author about a year ago, that is all you need to know.
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I don't understand the reviews for this book. I picked it up at a bookstore and found it very run of the mill. No new information. No new revelations. Can someone please explain to me how a billionaire wife of a hedge fund owner can demonstrate to the masses what it is like to be over 50 and depressed? her life is 99.9% better than all of ours just for a start because of her $. She was able to quit work at a very young age and be on "art" boards because her husband has money and influence. She can take private pilates on a daily basis for 100 pounds/session. Give me a break!!!
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I'm very suspicious of the 47 reviews of this book which all sound remarkably similar, are without any criticism and all give it 5 stars.
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By anna on 20 Sept. 2011
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This seems to be to be a book written by a woman over fifty with time on her hands and who wanted to make some extra cash. It's the type of information that you find in woman's magazines. It is good if you are friendless and clueless. Personally if you find yourself a bit bewildered at fifty you'd be better off speaking to your friends and getting their views. I found it a bit depressing but if you feeling low when you hit the big '50' and want to think about it....It's not a bad book but it's not original and you could probably find better information elsewhere.
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The fact that Christa d'Souza reviewed this well persuaded me to buy it....what's more I bought it for a friend - an unfortunately embarrassing decision on my part! As one customer has implicitly suggested, there may be more to the 5 star customer reviews than meets the eye. And I can only assume Christa, Ruby et al. are close mates with Jill but for the life of me I can't think why they would have put their reputations on the line for this particular piece of work. This book is the biggest load of self indulgent tosh I have ever come across. There's nothing new or original on any of the 275 turgid pages and it's not even particualry well written. I remain hugely irritated that my 2 purchaes have contributed to a royalty payment - don't fall into the same trap.
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