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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and serious - in a good way
Angela Neustatter is on ebullient form in her new book, an elegant volume of her thoughts on turning seventy and on symbolically, at least, entering a new stage of life. How has she changed? What does she treasure? What will she leave behind in this new decade and what will she go for with greater gusto? Arranged in alphabetical order, her short, punchy chapters have...
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1.0 out of 5 stars More of a magazine article than a book.
This is so short, and much less interesting than I thought it would be. Whilst it is good to read positive comments about ageing there is no consideration of the fact that many older people are resource poor. The author has a house large enough to hold classes in. Positive comments about older models in the media fail to mention that those models still fit the image of...
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and serious - in a good way, 10 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Year I Turn...: An A-Z of Ageing (Hardcover)
Angela Neustatter is on ebullient form in her new book, an elegant volume of her thoughts on turning seventy and on symbolically, at least, entering a new stage of life. How has she changed? What does she treasure? What will she leave behind in this new decade and what will she go for with greater gusto? Arranged in alphabetical order, her short, punchy chapters have headings such as Appearance, Friends, Health, Kindness and Loss - and lots more, including, tantalisingly - Bunkum, Omigod and Questionable. One of my favourites is called Never Mind, in which she counsels letting go of old grudges because "One of the tragedies of growing through life is how long it takes to mind less about these things which gobble up the emotional energy and cement feuds and unhappiness." And that kind of honing of life to its essentials is at the heart of this book. With the lightest touch, Neustatter draws on her experience as a journalist, citing examples of who has inspired her why one approach might be more fun and rewarding than another, and where one has to give oneself a good talking to. She thinks we deserve to have a good time, and knows it takes both spirit and acceptance to achieve that. Delicious, bracing and consoling, this is a book to dip into regularly. I would read mine in the bath, if it wasn't for the mist on my specs...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book, 6 Jan 2014
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I loved everything about this book from the elegant silver silhouette on the cover to the positive ethos it promotes. It is an inspirational book, not just for older readers but for middle aged ones like me because it gives us something to look forward to. Its words of wisdom ring true. For the over seventies who are already living like this it provides confirmation while for those who perhaps think themselves into old age it offers an alternative way of life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and amusing, 15 Jan 2014
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A must read for anyone approaching their seventies or already in their seventies. It is light hearted, amusing, engaging and enlightening.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice read, 11 Jan 2014
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This book is a delight, I'd recommend it to anyone who finds the prospect of getting older daunting. Also good as a gift for Mums and older friends - apart from being fun and witty, it looks great with its yellow cover and silver lettering. Well recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad old life really, 28 Jan 2014
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I'm getting on a bit and ever grumpier, but I felt much better after reading this uplifting book. Angela Neustatter brings not just humour and quirky observation but also optimism (yes!) to the idea of growing old in all its aspects, from appearance through health and sex to The End. But it needn't be a bitter end. Somehow, her gentle philosophies make it not such a bad old life after all, with many things yet to be done, and done things to be appreciated. She's convinced me that there is life after life. Delightful...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read When Younger, 31 Jan 2014
BBC Radio Ulster's Johnny Toal voiced my thoughts about this book--"Reading it would have made my younger years easier. " Short, written with fluency and flair, this is vintage Neustatter, her best book yet. Her scientific and personal research shows how cultivating art, passion, friendship and exercise can actually make us healthier than we were when we were sixty. "The business of life is mind over matter," she quotes Mark Twain."If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Her description of the death of a dear friend made me cry, and renew those friendships I may have taken for granted.Worth the modest price.
--Anita Bennett
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars we turn together, 21 Jan 2014
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An enjoyable and informative read [[ASIN:1783340002 The Year I Turn...: An A-Z of Ageing] Reminding us oldies not to give up the ghost on being 70 but to grab the next decade and live it to the full, casting aside guilt, thoughts of reprisals etc. The authoress does set quite a high bar but, whilst acknowledging that not all will want to follow her prescriptions to the limit, the advice and conjecture inspires, amuses and challenges.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy each day!, 15 Jan 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and identified completely with most of it. I particularly enjoyed the upbeat tone, and fully agree with most of her implied recommendations ("most" because I can't get excited about the tango). She had traced a lot of experts to research her book, and I am sure that it will inspire many to wake up each day thinking that it is great to be alive. I will strongly recommend it to all my friends who have reached retirement age and are reasonably healthy and financially OK.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More of a magazine article than a book., 11 Mar 2014
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This is so short, and much less interesting than I thought it would be. Whilst it is good to read positive comments about ageing there is no consideration of the fact that many older people are resource poor. The author has a house large enough to hold classes in. Positive comments about older models in the media fail to mention that those models still fit the image of tall and thin that dominates the fashion industry. I could go on.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing read., 20 Feb 2014
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How true some of the author's comments were. Amusing light hearted read and would lend to friends of my age - same as author's.
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