Author(s): Susanna Johnston
Late Youth - Pearls of wisdom and wit on the relentless forward march of time. Gray is the new black, 20 is the new 30, and 50 can be just the beginning - so say the more than 70 contributors to this celebration of aging gracefully, if not so quietly.
Upbeat and tongue-in-cheek, each fugue on getting older tells it like it is in all of its glory and with all of its challenges. The pithy comments come from people such as Lady Colin Campbell and Dame Edna Everage and are sure to bring a wry smile of recognition to anyone who is "of a certain age."
"'I never think about age, which is probably why I have remained spookily youthful. I stay young because I pick up the Gift of Life and run with it' - Dame Edna Everage 'Here is a helpful manual in which some 90 'over-50's' give their hints on how to enjoy Late Youth. It's not old age, it's a 'new stage' of life, to quote Deborah Devonshire' - Peter Lewis, The Daily Mail 'Late Youth is small and sprightly, with a pretty, jaunty cover... The collection is light, gossipy, upbeat, based on a well-heeled, well-connected circle of friends and relations mostly aged between 60 and 80.' - Anne Chisholm, The Spectator"
Susanna Johnston is a former features writer for Tatler. Her books include The Picnic Papers (Hutchinson), Five Rehearsals (Chatto), Collecting - the Passionate Pastime (Viking) and Parties: A Literary Companion (Macmillan). She also contributed to The Englishwoman's House edited by Alvida Lees Milne.