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If Not Now, When? by [Rantzen, Esther]
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An inspirational life guide for the baby boomer generation

About the Author

Esther Rantzen made her name producing and presenting the long-running BBC series That's Life, and since then has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as childbirth, mental health and child abuse. She is President of Childline, which she founded in 1986, and a trustee of the NSPCC, as well as a Patron of a number of other charities. She was married to Desmond Wilcox until his death in 2000.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1197 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZNGASG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #525,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading this and although I did not agree with some of the things said, it was an enjoyable read. True I have admired Esther for her work with childline and silverline and view her as someone who takes action rather than moaning about the state of the world. I think it shows ageing in a favourable light compared to the media banter surrounding the subject. I would recommend it and to the reviewer who has said she writes from her comfortable existence etc. then maybe she does but I thought the book could be valuable to those not so well off too. The bit about seeing the world or at least a part of your own country you've always wanted to visit, in the the 'questions to ask yourself' at the end is the only one I thought depended on income and/or health. Definitely worth a read.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I remembered Esther from 'That's Life!' a TV consumer affairs series and took a look.

She's gone fairly thoroughly into the state of elder care and nursing homes in Britain. Selling your house and taking the proceeds will be the first step the government takes. So you can't go home again. Your family won't get the benefit of your hard work. And people in the same nursing home, getting the same care, will not be paying a penny, because they never saved and never bought a house.

While Esther doesn't say so explicitly, she hints that spending your money before the government takes it might be the way to go. She and her family went on a dream holiday to Africa and one year later her husband was dead. Now they have all the great memories and they know he enjoyed that experience.

There are so many ways older people can be part of the community and through computers, connect with other people. If you've ever wanted to learn an instrument, start a project, record your family's history, join amateur dramatics, write a book - start now. If not now, when? When you are older it may be too late. Health issues crop up suddenly and with greater severity the older you are. Mobility and sight may suddenly become problems. And when you are ninety-three, Nurse won't let you.

I read this book with my mother in mind and even as I was reading I was learning good lessons for her future and for mine. Thanks, Esther.
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I gave my original copy of this book away, and wished I hadn't as its a book you can pick up again, so sent for the paperback versionto read a second time. Loved Esther's views and opinions.
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It is true that ageism continues to be a particularly tasteless form of discrimination in modern society. I'm not alone in having experienced this many times. It seems to be thought that we (I'm 61) should just crawl into a corner somewhere and be thankful we're still alive. And this is a viewpoint shared by government, no less. In the last year or two, retired people's leisure classes, a valuable way of making contact, have largely ceased. All such activity, we're told, should be 'work-related'. To people who are retired, this evidently makes no sense.
No, that's not Esther's way of thinking, any more than it is mine. I'm not going to lie down and die. When I've actually been criticised for persisting with language work rather than clipping my hedges, I've replied in kind. If I'm aging physically, it doesn't mean my brain has to stiffen and die. No,not at all. I've time now to do even more, for I'm retired and have the opportunity.
Anyone over 30 is fit only for the anteroom to the graveyard? No, not me. If anyone appears brain-dead, it's the routine-bound younger adult or the grunting adolescent, glued to the rustling i-pod. I read, keep reading, and enjoy reading - and many other things, such as writing this review. Splash out on Esther's book, and take its message seriously - but nothing else. Life's too short.
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Harmless(ish) ramblings of an old woman, laced with prejudice and the righteousness which may come from having a very comfortable life and seeing much of what goes on in the world as a threat to one's comfortable existence. Skates over any really interesting considerations. Just like listening to the grand dame of a family gathering.
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