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'I am immersed in a new world that feels a long way from my old one. Though I've not been re-invented, what has happened is just as radical and a lot more interesting: I am being re-educated.'  

Lucy Kellaway had a comfortable life. For years she had the same prestigious job, the same husband and the same home. To the casual observer, she was both happy and successful. But one day, Lucy began to realise that the life she had built for herself no longer suited her. Was it too late to start again? 

The answer was no - so she proceeded to tear down both marriage and career, and went back to school. Retraining as a teacher, Lucy discovers there is a world of new possibilities awaiting her - and learns that you can teach an old dog new tricks (providing they are willing to un-learn a few old ones along the way). 

A witty and moving story of one woman's pursuit of a new life, Re-educated is a celebration of education's power to transform our lives at any age, and an essential companion for anyone facing the joy - and pain - of starting again.

©2021 Lucy Kellaway (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Predictably excellent

Always loved Lucy Kellaway’s columns and was lucky enough to work with her a couple of times. And NowTeach made me realise that my own third act lay in the classroom (although I’m not training with them). This book was a brilliant preparation for the training year to come - much better than the NowTeach events I attended, although they were useful - as it’s full of her trademark honesty, wit and clear-eyed insight. I love hearing her voice, too, so this was an all-round treat, ideal not just for career changers like me but anyone asking hard questions of themselves sin their middle years (or interested in knowing g what it like to re-educate). Great stuff, moving, funny, enlightening and interesting.

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Thoroughly enjoyed

I liked how much this gave me to think about. Although I’m thinking about a big change nearly 20 years earlier, the author’s story made me laugh, made me cry a few times, inspired me and certainly I take away it will all be ok in the end. I can do it because I think I can!

There’s a few moments of being annoyed about cruising through the uni, work, property successes. But that says more about me than the story. Great listen and testament to always be learning.

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Highly recommended

Lucy brings the skill of a life in journalism to tell her own story of choosing a set of new paths. We are all witnesses to the thrilling changes she embarks on, and the story is fascinating, funny and moving. She reads very well, and the intimacy and honesty create an exceptional audiobook.

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Candid and inspiring

It was great to hear Lucy's story especially as a teacher of a similar generation myself.

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Loved it. Listened to it in 1 day without stopping. A very accurate description of what teacher training and the initial year of teaching is like - the great bits as well as the bad. Made me reflect on my own career change and what I'm getting out of it.

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Stamina required to get through this

An interesting listen and an extremely powerful author/narrator but as Lucy Kellaway belts and snaps her way through the story of her career change my head really started to ache. Her self attested difficulties and mistakes are entirely belied by what seems to be swaggering self confidence and a pugnacious attitude which might appeal to some and which certainly seems to have got results but really did not appeal to me. Other apparently weaker characters go down like ninepins as they buckle beneath the stress of school life but Miss Kellaway shouts, snaps and thunders her way through all opposition whether from former colleagues, new colleagues, recalcitrant pupils or indeed her own children and family. Don’t be put off trying this, it is interesting. But she really made my head ache.