How to Get Over Being Young, Charlotte Bauer


A deliciously funny and sage guide to midlife – an unscientific, flaws-and-all account of one woman’s adventures and misadventures through the dark comedy of the wilderness years.

How to Get Over Being Young

Turning 50 is a milestone for any woman – but for Charlotte it triggered the realisation that ‘Youth, after all, is a passing phase, and by the time most of us notice that we have it, it has gone. Then there is the the rest of our lives.’ And so began a transformative journey through ten tumultuous years, steering through the choppy waters of health, identity and work; vanity, fashion and fury. Exploring the nature of her changing relationships with partners, children, parents, friends and – critically – with herself, she starts getting acquainted with the stranger in the mirror, with whom she is not yet on first-name terms.

With no subject off-limits – from her riotous family to her yo-yo relationship with food and lifestyle, drugs and fun drugs – we see our own concerns and experiences reflected. Travel with Charlotte, sharing in the ups and downs along the road towards sixty – laugh, cry and ultimately feel buoyed that maybe it is possible to get over being young in a world obsessed with youth. By any means necessary.

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