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How to Get Over Being Young

by Charlotte Bauer

Atlantic Books

Youth, after all, is a passing phase, and by the time most of us notice we have it, it has gone.”

You’ll probably recognise the name Charlotte Bauer.  She’s a prize-winning journalist and was a senior editor of the South African Sunday Times for many years.   This is her deliciously funny, sympathetic and wise guide to midlife – an unscientific, flaws-and-all account of one woman’s adventures and misadventures and of learning to wean herself off youth!

Through her own experiences as a fifty-something woman, and those of her three sisters, her indomitable mum and rebellious auntie, Charlotte tackles the big questions every woman of a certain age seeks answers to –  health, identity, work, vanity, face-lifts, hair, fashion, fury and relationships are all examined and scrutinised with humour and care as Charlotte learns to be happy in her skin (even if it’s not as firm as it once was).

Her final piece of advice is for readers to start a highly liberating fuck-it list (as we’re too young for a bucket list) – a list of things you don’t want to do, probably never wanted to do and refuse to ever do again.   Great advice!   Do watch this fab video clip of Charlotte in her own words. https://twitter.com/i/status/1419983152521654273