THE INVISIBLE WOMAN is a funny, frank and essential book on ageing. Helen discusses what it is to reach your fifties, look both backwards and forwards, and how to continue pursuing adventures in later life even when it seems your brain and body are against you.
To give you a flavour of the book, here are some of our favourite quotes:
“The 'age 55 to 64' box is the God's waiting room of my form-filling life.”
“The older I become the more I feel deeply and symbiotically attached to my pyjamas.”
“Polyester is to menopausal women as garlic is to a vampire.”
“Ageism has sexism running through the middle like a stick of Blackpool rock.”
“As a middle-aged person I steadfastly refuse to be rushed into anything.”
“Keeping your mind open and curious is one of the most vital things you will ever do.”
Helen has written a variety of opinion pieces for the Guardian, is a regular contributor to Standard Issue, and has spoken out against ageism on Woman's Hour and BBC radio. Recently, she has made headlines talking about her experiences of domestic abuse in the New Statesman and The Pool, as well as helping raise over £130,000 for Refuge.
Helen is the author of the popular Guardian online fashion column, The Vintage Years, the response to which inspired THE INVISIBLE WOMAN. She moved to London in 2001 after losing patience with rampant workplace ageism in Leicestershire and Rutland where she grew up, was educated and later brought up her three daughters as a divorced single mum. She has also worked as a dancer, aerobics instructor, model, designer, artist, medical secretary and shop assistant - but not at the same time.
Praise for THE INVISIBLE WOMAN:
‘THE INVISIBLE WOMAN always speaks to me, and for me. It's about saying up yours to the cult of youth, but also about seeing the life of the 50 + as hilariously funny (not unlike the life of the 15 year old, when you come to think about it).’ – Professor Mary Beard
'THE INVISIBLE WOMAN in The Vintage Year reminds us that style and wit begin in youth but are mastered in middle-age. You can roundly stick your 20's. Hers is a voice for proper grown-ups not yet ready to come down, and I'm in.' - Alison Moyet
‘A funny look at those of a certain age who are fed up with being overlooked.’ – Good Housekeeping