Reinvented Lives: Women at Sixty: A Celebration

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Twenty-eight women, ranging from Anita Roddick and Prue Leith to less well-known names, write their own personal stories which are accompanied by Elizabeth Handy's black and white photographs and an introductory essay by Charles Handy. This generation of women is entering the sixties more healthy, more educated and more energetic than most of their mothers. The subjects in this book provide the models for what has become, for the first time, a new age for many women. Released from most of the cares and responsibilities that accompany midlife for women, they are free to reinvent themselves, to give more time to their career or calling, or to luxuriate in the serenity and friendships that few had time for in the past. Some enter new relationships, some start new careers or go back to study, some find that their work is only now reaching its peak. Many have survived traumas and tragedies, but 'the past is just the prologue' as one of them explains.

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The fascinating message here is that life begins all over again at 60 for women these days. Twenty-eight women, unknown or, like Anita Roddick, well-known, present snapshot personal chapters relating how they are at the peak of their lives rather than feeling old and worn out as in previous generations. Instead of considering themselves retired, they are amazingly busy doing challenging things, and some have found fresh romance. As participant Brenda Weir says, no one reaches 60 without experiencing bereavement, betrayal, disappointment and disillusionment but despite - or because of - recent grave illness she is determined to enjoy her bonus years. Each life story is different but the optimism, vigour and appetite for variety amount to a truly extraordinary symphony. A perfect advertisement for being 60 plus.

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In photographs and word portraits, a selection of very different women reveal how it is possible to reinvent themselves at 60.

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