Thought ths was an unusual and helpful book on my first reading. On re-reading it a few years later later, I still thought it contained insights and wisdom but I also noticed a lot of over -simplified thinking and not so logical reasoning. The chapter on cruelty to children ,whilst interesting, is linked to the young's hatred of the old yet without convincing evidence. She relies on endless anecdotes and newspaper articles rather than on scholarly works and as a result, ten years on, the book has really dated. Rowe also has a tendency to disparage various schools of psychology and psychoanalysis in a somewhat simplistic way though a lot of her ideas are clearly derived from them. However, despite these flaws this book does offer some insights as to how to age well rather than with anger and bitterness, to grow old wisely in other words.
Time on our side - is just that, a book about us human beings with an inevitable life cycle ending in death - no matter how much we deny getting older, we all will die. This short, punchy brilliantly written book is a must read for anyone scared of a wrinkle or two. It's not the dying that's important it's our attitude to it all Dorothy Rowe helps with that. . Thanks Dorothy - you are an amazing writer and an inspiration for us mere mortals