Reinvented Lives

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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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In photographs and word portraits, a selection of very different women reveal how it is possible to reinvent themselves at 60.
From Germaine Greer and Diana Rigg to some lesser known women, Elizabeth Handy's black and white photographic studies are accompanied by a text from Charles Handy and anecdotal evidence from the subjects themselves about the changes occurring and aspirations encouraged by a certain critical age.

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Elizabeth Handy is a successful portrait photographer. Her husband, Charles, is best known for books such as The Empty Raincoat, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. This is their second collaboration, after The New Alchemists.

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