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August’s Book of the Month – Mrs Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

I have read and loved all of Rachel Joyce’s books but Mrs Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce is my favourite so far. This is a girls’ own adventure set in the 1950s and featuring two unlikely friends and even more unlikely adventure heroes.

It is 1950, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a gold beetle that might or might not exist.
Enid Pretty, in a pink travel suit, is not the companion staid Margery had in mind. Together, however, they will be drawn into an adventure where they will risk everything, break all the rules, and after reaching the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves. Effervescent, powerful and moving, this novel with its gloriously eccentric characters explores with real insight the lives of women and the true meaning of friendship.

dog sitting in front of book
Now, where did I leave my glasses?

Carole Ludlow

I was terrified of going through the menopause and whilst I glided through relatively unscathed, I didn't entirely escape its attempts to knock me down I firmly believe there is a positive side the menopause and to being an older woman in the 21st century. In my fifties I trained as a fitness instructor, which I did as a side hustle to my regular job of a college librarian. I also took up belly dancing and danced on stage in a city theatre and created my own fitness classes with hula hoops. Last year at the age of 61 I ditched the library job and now buy and sell vintage jewellery, run fitness classes and work part time from home in a customer services role. It ain't over till its over.

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