From the hugely respected journalist Miranda Sawyer, a very modern look at the midlife crisis - delving into the truth and lies of the experience and how to survive it, with thoughtfulness, insight and humour.
'You wake one day, and everything is wrong. It's as though you went out one warm evening - an evening fizzing with delicious potential, so ripe and sticky-sweet you can taste it on the air - for just one drink...and woke up two days later in a skip. Except you're not in a skip, you're in an estate car, on the way to an out-of-town shopping mall to buy a balance bike, a roof rack and some stackable storage boxes.'
Miranda Sawyer's midlife crisis began when she was 44. It wasn't a traditional one. She didn't run off with a Pilates teacher or blow thousands on a trip to find herself. From the outside, all remained the same. Work, kids, marriage, mortgage, blah. Days, weeks and months whizzed past as she struggled with feeling - knowing - that she was over halfway through her life. It seemed only yesterday that she was 29, out and about.
Out of Time is not a self-help audiobook. It's an exploration of this sudden crisis, this jolt. It looks at how our tastes and our bodies change as we get older. It considers the unexpected new pleasures that the second half of life can offer, from learning to code to taking up running (slowly).
Speaking to musicians and artists, friends and colleagues, Miranda asks how they, too, have confronted midlife and the lessons, if any, that they've learned along the way.
©2016 Miranda Sawyer (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A straight-talking handbook for those of us who believe we're still at our peak in middle age but need a few honest signposts." (Viv Albertine)
"I spent a lot of time nodding along in agreement to this book as if it was my favourite record." (Jeremy Deller)
Praise for Park and Ride:
"A great success.... Such annihilation has been performed before. John Osborne did it. Sid Vicious was there. But this is prime stuff." (Independent on Sunday)
"Like Victoria Wood she has a talent for illuminating the absurdities of how ordinary people live their ordinary lives." (Observer)
"Miranda Sawyer's suburban memoir Park and Ride was as excellent as we expect." [Julie Burchill, Guardian (Books of the Year)]
I would recommend any over 40 to read this book. It actually made me realise a lot of people are feeling the same as me, a little obsessed with time which is running faster than I can keep up. It's great to listen to someone put this into perspective.
Miranda has good voice to listen to.
I can only hope she gets her garden one day. Life is short. We have to make compromises to keep everyone happy and this book highlights that we have to roll with the punches.
I really found this an interesting listen and I could really resonate with the feelings of the author. Sawyer is able to tell her story whilst giving us enough that relates to us and our lives to maintain our interest. She has clearly done a lot of research and there are interesting ideas and philosophies here that made me reflect as she has recently and I really enjoyed this. It was also interesting to think about someone who I would view as hugely successful in such a real way - Sawyer has written a book that was morose in parts but ultimately an uplifting read.
Well I am the same age, northern, a mum, a worker, a carer, I am rubbish at lots of things. Tried sailing, running, sewing, cooking and keep trying. Loved night clubs - Cosmos/the Phoenix/roots was my home in the early 90s. Miranda speaks my speak. Thank you.
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