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June’s Book of the Month – Perfect on Paper by Claire Bailey

Perfect on Paper by Gillian Harvey is a  funny, heartening and totally relatable tale which had me hooked. This is the story of Claire Bailey, a woman who despite being a talented over-achieving solicitor with a husband who’s a rising TV star, two children and a nice house feels as though she has become invisible to her bosses, her family and the outside world. She decides to do something for herself. That ‘something’ had me riveted and desperate to find out what happens next. This is a fun, light-hearted read with a smattering of social commentary and some laugh out loud moments.  I think many of us feel that at a certain stage in our lives we become invisible to those around us: talked over, looked over and, in my case, walked into.  We blend into the landscape as the generation behind us take centre stage. This book is also something of a tutorial on the power of re-invention and reminding ourselves that we still matter.

It’s not often that I think a book should be made into a film but I think this book’s  colourful cast of characters, uplifting narrative and relatability to women of a certain age are the perfect ingredients for a feel good film.

 

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Ever felt as though you       have disappeared?

 

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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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