OLDER BUT BETTER, BUT OLDER: THE ART OF GROWING UP

By Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas

Packed full of sometimes hilarious and often rueful midlife benchmarks like being told you’re ‘damn hot for your age’, the horror of finding a white hair among your pubes and realising you’d actually rather have sex in bed than in the shower nowadays, this book is laugh-out-loud funny.

It’s also a poignant book. If you want to be reminded of the many sad ironies and indignities of ageing for women and the way your soul screams to be recognised as the cool and sassy young thing you once were, this hits every spot. Exploring dating, health, fashion, motherhood, seduction, ambition and looks through a midlife lens, and the way women work way harder to remain vital and relevant than ‘silver foxes’ with beer bellies, it’s a searing depiction of the tick-tock of time passing and wreaking its havoc.

The authors are described by their publisher as ‘iconoclastic bohemian Parisiennes’, and therein lies the reason it sometimes feels a bit exclusive, a bit too-cool-for-school. But there’s plenty of sharp observational humour to enjoy.



Marina Gask