About Time: Growing Old Disgracefully

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9780719569869: About Time: Growing Old Disgracefully

In this frank, often funny, and always compelling disquisition on aging, Irma Kurtz sets out to chart the territory through her own and others' experiences. Along the way she meets a diverse group of people whose insights into their own lives have much to offer a younger generation from a 90-year-old weekly columnist and a vicar still working in his mid-70s to The Good Granny Guide's Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall and 'London’s Rudest Landlord' Normal Balon of the celebrated Coach and Horses. Kurtz is a fearless investigator of the art of growing old its pleasures and its griefs carrying with her the only tool that sharpens with age: lifelong curiosity.

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Irma Kurtz has contributed to virtually every national paper and is a frequent broadcaster on radio and TV. She worked for the first Cosmopolitan in London.

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'Kurtz mixes her own family history with the reminiscences of some fascinating friends' - Sunday Times, 24 Jan (4 Stars) * Sunday Times * 'An invigorating, funny and insightful read' - Daily Mail, 29 Jan * Daily Mail * 'Irma Kurtz's beautifully written examination of old age is a mixture of memoir, polemic and interviews with fascinating older people' - Irish Times, * Irish Times * "Beautifully written examination of old age...delightful and inspirational" * Irish Times * 'A beautifully written examination of old age . . . delightful and inspirational' * Irish Times * 'An invigorating, funny and insightful read' * Mail on Sunday * 'A richly stimulating read, full of light and shade and vibrant humanity, a book whose perspicacity makes it truly pertinent to everyone' * Good Book Guide * 'A funny and insightful look at a subject that may be engrossing us before long' * Greenock Telegraph * 'A witty celebration of our twilight years ... she offers wise insights ... a joyful and moving expression of the next stage of life' * Soul & Spirit * 'Kurtz combines rejoicing in much of it with warnings ... and we had better listen to her, before we, too, fail to age well, and disgracefully' * Jewish Chronicle * 'Kurtz is no grumbling fool ... her meditations on growing old and the passage of time are worth reading' * City A.M. * 'Feisty OAP Irma Kurtz whizzes here and there taking a wry and witty squint at the art of growing old ... this is a wonderfully life-enhancing book, packed with optimism and humour' * Unite Magazine * 'All the energy, maturity, wisdom and humour of Irma Kurtz ... these dozen inspiring interviews are spark-full of the instinct for survival and waymarked with strategies for living with the dignity and desires we take with us into the adventures of the Third Age' * Saga Magazine * 'Witty and compassionate look at aging' * Bookseller * 'Irma Kurtz is thoughtful and funny' * Choice Magazine * 'An intriguing account ... all is interspersed with the fascinating musings of aged acquaintances ... this is an informative, albeit gently paced, read about the joys and misfortunes of growing oold, enlivened by Kurtz's sharp wit and insight' * She Magazine * 'She successfully demolishes common notions of an enfeebled generation, while also celebrating the easily recognisable benefits: grandchildren, cruises, lifelong friendships ... a cheerful and animated guide to what the French elegantly term 'the third age"' * Time Out * 'Be warned, Kurtz refusing to take getting old quietly is just the beginning' * Sunday Times * 'Kurtz brings humour to the subject ... Kurtz intersperses her own experiences with messages from people whose insights add much to the book's values ... and the way she captures their voices is as impressive as the way she preserves her own' * Diana Athill, Mail on Sunday * 'Her memoir veers between beady anecdote and a ruminative melancholy ... she is wonderful on the unexpected gains of old age ... a valuable contribution to the emerging literature of the third age' * Guardian * 'This is by no means a mean-spirited rant -- it's a clever deconstruction of everything that has mattered to her and to most of us -- friendship, family, the struggle to improve, to look good, be well liked -- seen from her feisty, hard-fought outpost' * Kerry Fowler, Good Housekeeping * 'Irma Kurtz, a veteran journalist, writer and London resident since 1970, is not going gently into that good night of the Third Age ... she tells not only her own story but has also drafted the likes of super-granny Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, the mouthy publican Norman Balon ... to say what, besides cheerfulness and bloody-mindedness, keeps them going. Excelsior!' * Iain Finlayson, The Times *

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