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Bolder and Wiser

LeftLion magazine, issue #57 Feb/March 2014

“A book well worth making time for, it’s like a meal with old friends. Sarah Dale intermingles her own personal warmth and wisdom as a psychologist with insights from a variety of remarkable interviews conducted with older women from diverse walks of life. A colourful mosaic portrait of women’s history emerges through the living voices, insights and intergenerational messages. I found myself laughing, sighing, and feeling comforted, surprised and inspired by turns. The women reflect on significant moments in their personal history interwoven with events in wider history which impacted on their lives. The reader identifies with experiences common to women as she ricochets through real stories of relationships, family, children, education, work, regrets, life lessons, and precious memories show how the personal shapes the politics of everyday life. The power of women’s self-definition and interpretation inspires the reader to look forward to years ahead with bated breath.” Natasha Picot

Rebecca Whiting, Age At Work, Birkbeck, University of London

“The book is an account of Sarah’s reflections (as she approaches 50) on a series of ‘remarkable conversations with older women’. Although she is a practising occupational psychologist and coach, Sarah’s approach is a personal – and very readable – one. Through her analysis of the interviews, she covers a range of topics that touch our lives: e.g. our social networks, money, appearance, domestic responsibilities and, of course, paid and voluntary work.

She (rightly, I think) identifies the women she interviews as belonging to a generation who have lived through some major social changes. These include access to higher education, paid work outside the home, and contraception. She argues for the difficulty in separating out ageing from gender issues and I was especially interested in her comment that ‘women in particular are still in the early stages of developing acceptable or desirable models of ageing’. In the language of discourse analysis, I would say that another way of looking at this is that there are only limited ‘subject positions’ available to older women in our society. There’s a small academic literature, for example, on how older women can be denied the female equivalent of the ‘wise old man’ identity. This book is an excellent contribution to exploring and widening the identities that older women might seek. Not only that, Sarah and her interviewees are very good company on the page, sharing their warmth and distilling wisdom from their lived experience from which we can all benefit.

In respect to work, Sarah highlights the importance of being ready to learn and develop – and in having a belief that you can do so – at all stages of life. This also involves being open to opportunities. She observes how ‘the impact that women can make through work is far from over’ in their fifties – and beyond. She suggests that, for this cohort of women, traditional notions of retirement have less resonance than they might do for men of similar age as the former have been pioneers in combining family and career. Again, this echoes recent research and, at a time when society needs to re-think retirement, the book offers useful ideas for both men and women.” 

Interview in the Beestonian, Issue 24, 2014 Fifty Not Out (page 3!)

Review and article as a guest blog post on Totally 4 Women (For women who weren’t born yesterday) with Jean Rogers

Review and articleNottingham Post and Nottinghamshire Today. “There are plenty of uplifting stories and humorous anecdotes about dyeing grey hair, sagging body parts and domestic martyrdom”

Bolder and Wiser has been on tour with Fiction Addiction Book Tours in March 2014 – this is a list of where it has been:

- Skype interview with Ceri Wheeldon, of FabAfterFifty

- Excerpt and giveaway on Brook Cottage Books

- Review on Kim the Bookworm blog “This book makes you ponder, raises questions of your own and made me think…”

- Excerpt and giveaway on Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog

- Review on Books with Wine and Chocolate “This book is a great celebration of the older woman”

- Review on The Little Reader Library “I would certainly recommend this book…. I genuinely thank…the women who collaborated  in this work”

- The Playlist – the songs/music the women chose as their favourite or most inspiring – on Everything Books and Authors

- Review on Deal Sharing AuntI think that this would be a great book club book for women”

- Review on Authors and Readers Book Corner



Keeping Your Spirits Up

Anxiety, stress and panic – read your way free from the pressures of modern life  Mental Healthy magazine

The Leisure Manager’s library – The Leisure Review

Pamreader’s blog – Review

Tales from the Reading Room – interview


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