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The Middlepause


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Marina Benjamin is a writer and editor. Her most recent books are The Middlepause, Rocket Dreams, shortlisted for the Eugene Emme Award, and Last Days in Babylon, longlisted for the Wingate Prize. As a journalist, she's written for most of the British broadsheets and served as arts editor at the New Statesman and deputy arts editor at the Evening Standard. She is currently a senior editor at the digital magazine Aeon.


`Lucid and sophisticated ... A restrained but wonderful guide to the convulsive changes of 50 and over ... This is a book that yields valuable insights on almost every page.'

-- Melissa Benn * The Guardian *

`A 21st-century meditation on middle age ... The Middlepause is erudite, with a lengthy list of notes and ideas for further reading, but it is also personal - part memoir, part unflinching travelogue through the unsettling physical and mental challenges of the menopause ... Honest and uplifting.'

* FT *
`Beautifully composed and intensely sympathetic, The Middlepause: On Turning Fifty is wry, personal and intimate, while still being something of a road map for others.' -- Viv Groskop * The Sunday Telegraph *

`Women do a lot of things to mark turning fifty. Go to a resort! Have a bang-up party! Far, far better: read The Middlepause.'

* Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman *

`Emotionally honest.'

-- Tom Gatti * New Statesman *

`We are not supposed to beguile, we the middle-aged women. But with The Middlepause, Marina Benjamin does that: she beguiles and entrances with a lyrical, thoughtful, erudite, and always lucid exploration of the middle years of her life, and what they mean to her, and what middle-aged women mean to society.'

-- Rose George, author of The Big Necessity

`Beautifully written and so thoughtful, The Middlepause made me think about fleeting time and what is important to me. I couldn't put it down.'

-- Amy Jenkins, author of Honeymoon and creator of This Life

`Renunciation, shape-shifting, ennui, sorrow: this tender and thoughtful book calls for an `invisible revolution' in our attitudes to women's ageing. In a deeply personal meditation Benjamin places body knowledge and luck alongside grieving and family history; intimate reflection with literary exemplar; communion with ghosts sadly close to the painful real. The Middlepause is a wise, lucid and beautiful plea for more candid discussion of the time-wrought transformations of the female body.'

-- Gail Jones, author of A Guide to Berlin

`Intimate, open-hearted, clever and kind, this book is a companion which, by naming the shadow fears, finds the truer gold.'

-- Jay Griffiths, author of Kith

`A candid and beautifully written "wrinkles and all" meditation on the middle years with all their dilemmas and challenges ... [Marina Benjamin] seeks a new vision of how to be middle-aged happily and harmoniously without sentiment or delusion.'

-- Caroline Sanderson * The Bookseller *

`A candid look at what it means to be 50 today ... Warm, wise and beautifully written.'

* Good Housekeeping *

`This is a measured and beautifully written critique of menopause and middle age that pre-, mid-, and postmenopausal women will find eminently relatable, and that those who love and care for them will likewise appreciate.'

* Publishers Weekly *

`Benjamin takes us into her inner world - it's instructive, and very moving.'

-- William Leith * Evening Standard *

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