From the hugely respected journalist Miranda Sawyer, a very modern look at the midlife crisis - delving into the truth and lies of the experience and how to survive it, with thoughtfulness, insight and humour.
'You wake one day, and everything is wrong. It's as though you went out one warm evening - an evening fizzing with delicious potential, so ripe and sticky-sweet you can taste it on the air - for just one drink...and woke up two days later in a skip. Except you're not in a skip, you're in an estate car, on the way to an out-of-town shopping mall to buy a balance bike, a roof rack and some stackable storage boxes.'
Miranda Sawyer's midlife crisis began when she was 44. It wasn't a traditional one. She didn't run off with a Pilates teacher or blow thousands on a trip to find herself. From the outside, all remained the same. Work, kids, marriage, mortgage, blah. Days, weeks and months whizzed past as she struggled with feeling - knowing - that she was over halfway through her life. It seemed only yesterday that she was 29, out and about.
Out of Time is not a self-help audiobook. It's an exploration of this sudden crisis, this jolt. It looks at how our tastes and our bodies change as we get older. It considers the unexpected new pleasures that the second half of life can offer, from learning to code to taking up running (slowly).
Speaking to musicians and artists, friends and colleagues, Miranda asks how they, too, have confronted midlife and the lessons, if any, that they've learned along the way.
Praise for Park and Ride:
"A great success.... Such annihilation has been performed before. John Osborne did it. Sid Vicious was there. But this is prime stuff." (Independent on Sunday)
"Like Victoria Wood she has a talent for illuminating the absurdities of how ordinary people live their ordinary lives." (Observer)
"Miranda Sawyer's suburban memoir Park and Ride was as excellent as we expect." [Julie Burchill, Guardian (Books of the Year)]
I loved that Miranda read this it was like sitting with her for a catch up and getting all the findings in one hit. I listened to it over two days.
Very thought provoking.
Really enjoyed much of this, Miranda Sawyer is incredibly likeable and it chimes very well in terms of growing up in the 90s and hitting middle age. Miranda’s regular reading style is ok - and her voice so recognisably ‘her’ but her accents - American especially - are terrible and that’s offputting! Not a deal-breaker but very distracting.
This book describes me, physically & mentally. it's as if it were addressing me solely. letting me know I'm not alone thinking and behaving the way I do. It's an enjoyable, thought provoking and sometimes painful read. it's great & I'm buying more copies to gift at Christmas.
This taps into everything I've been feeling and thinking lately. I've always liked Miranda's work but this feels like seeing her, as a person, for the first time. I could also see myself and my friends in her stories and devoured it greedily over just a couple of days.
Loved this, suddenly the last 4 years make sense. It wasn't just me, everyone feels like this! I don't need happy pills to carry on, I just need to be honest to myself.
I'm going to give this book to all my friends.
Miranda Sawyer writes beautifully, covering a wide range of topics, and her delivery is like listening to a fascinating, self-deprecating friend. Her daft attempt at an American accent, when quoting some US experts, only adds to the enjoyment.
I would recommend any over 40 to read this book. It actually made me realise a lot of people are feeling the same as me, a little obsessed with time which is running faster than I can keep up. It's great to listen to someone put this into perspective.
Miranda has good voice to listen to.
I can only hope she gets her garden one day. Life is short. We have to make compromises to keep everyone happy and this book highlights that we have to roll with the punches.
Well read by the author, this book really spoke to me and carried a hefty existential punch.
I really found this an interesting listen and I could really resonate with the feelings of the author. Sawyer is able to tell her story whilst giving us enough that relates to us and our lives to maintain our interest. She has clearly done a lot of research and there are interesting ideas and philosophies here that made me reflect as she has recently and I really enjoyed this. It was also interesting to think about someone who I would view as hugely successful in such a real way - Sawyer has written a book that was morose in parts but ultimately an uplifting read.
Great for those, like me - who have just turned 40. Very resonant. Excellent time to have a life review and 'play with whatever we have left'.