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Human Development For Students In South Africa (Paperback, 2nd ed): Dap Louw, Anet Louw Human Development For Students In South Africa (Paperback, 2nd ed)
Dap Louw, Anet Louw
R580 R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Save R42 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is a duology consisting of Child and Adolescent Development (2nd ed.) and Adult Development and Ageing (2nd ed).

Owing to the topics covered, there is some overlapping, but this is relatively minimal.

Bolder - RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK (Hardcover): Carl Honore Bolder - RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK (Hardcover)
Carl Honore 1
R482 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R168 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

* BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK * 'A joyously life-enhancing book [that] shatters the myths about ageing' Daily Mail Carl Honore captured the zeitgeist with his international sensation, In Praise of Slow. In Bolder, he introduces us to another rising movement: a revolution in our approach to ageing. Ageing is inevitable. In this time of longer lifespans, however, we have the potential to age better than ever before. Having travelled the globe to meet the pioneers who are redefining ageing, Carl Honore explores the cultural, medical and technological trends that will help us make the most of our longer lives. He shows us that the time has come to cast off prejudices and blur the lines of what is possible at every age. We can tear up the old script that locks us into learning in early life, working in the middle years and pursuing leisure with whatever time is left at the end. Instead, we can learn, work, rest, care for others, volunteer, create and have fun all the way through our lives. Bolder is a radical re-think of our approach to everything from education, healthcare and work, to design, relationships and politics. An essential and inspiring read to help all of us make ageing a bonus rather than a burden.

Watching the Leaves Dance - More Stories of People Living with Dementia (Paperback): Graham Stokes Watching the Leaves Dance - More Stories of People Living with Dementia (Paperback)
Graham Stokes
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Senior Moments - The Perfect Gift for Those Who Are Getting On a Bit (Hardcover): Freddie  Green Senior Moments - The Perfect Gift for Those Who Are Getting On a Bit (Hardcover)
Freddie Green
R200 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R49 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

You know you're having a senior moment when... ... you need a pen and paper just to order a round of drinks. Getting old? Join the club! This upbeat collection of all-too-common mishaps, sprinkled with quotes from wise old sages, will have you nodding in agreement and chuckling at all your lovable foibles.

Super Human - The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever (Paperback): Dave Asprey Super Human - The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever (Paperback)
Dave Asprey
R430 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R118 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the creator of Bulletproof coffee and the bestselling author of Head Strong and The Bulletproof Diet comes a plan to bypass plateaus and 'up' your game at every age. Dave Asprey suffered countless symptoms of ageing as a young man, which sparked a lifelong burning desire to grow younger with each birthday. For more than twenty years, he has been on a quest to find innovative, science-backed methods to upgrade human biology and redefine the limits of the mind, body, and spirit. The results speak for themselves. Now in his forties, Dave is smarter, happier, and more fit and successful than ever before. In Super Human, he shows how this is level of health and performance possible for all of us. While we assume we will peak in middle age and then decline, Asprey's research reveals there is another way. It is possible to make changes on the sub-cellular level to dramatically extend life span. And the tools to live longer also give you more energy and brainpower right now. The answers lie in Dave's Seven Pillars of Ageing that contribute to degeneration and disease while diminishing your performance in the moment. Using simple interventions - like diet, sleep, light, exercise, and little-known but powerful hacks from ozone therapy to proper jaw alignment, you can decelerate cellular ageing and supercharge your body's ability to heal and rejuvenate. A self-proclaimed human guinea pig, Asprey arms readers with practical advice to maximize their lives at every age with his signature mix of science-geek wonder, candour, and enthusiasm. Getting older no longer has to mean decline. Now it's an opportunity to become Super Human.

The Little Book of Senior Moments (Hardcover): Freddie  Green The Little Book of Senior Moments (Hardcover)
Freddie Green
R169 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R25 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

You know you're having a senior moment when... ... you decide it's time to pull up your socks, and realise you forgot to put any on If this sounds all too familiar, read on to discover whether your marbles just need a spring clean or you've well and truly lost them!

Dostadning - The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Paperback, Main): Margareta Magnusson Dostadning - The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Paperback, Main)
Margareta Magnusson 1
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Dostadning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or using a failsafe system to stop you losing essentials, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important. Radical and joyous, eighty-something Margareta Magnusson's guide is an invigorating, touching and surprising process that can help you or someone you love immeasurably, and offers the chance to celebrate and reflect on all the tiny joys that make up a long life along the way. Dostadning was previously published in hardback as The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning.

The Longest Night (Paperback): Laura Watkinson The Longest Night (Paperback)
Laura Watkinson 1
R254 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R32 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A masterpiece of literary craft and concision; sparse, beautiful and hugely affecting - Daily Mail Since the liberation of the Netherlands, Emma Verweij has been living in Rotterdam, in a street which became a stronghold of friendships for its inhabitants during the Second World War. She marries Bruno, they have two sons, and she determines to block out the years she spent in Nazi Berlin during the war, with her first husband Carl. But now, ninety-six years old and on the eve of her death, long- forgotten memories crowd again into her consciousness, flashbacks of happier years, and the tragedy of the war, of Carl, of her father, and of the friends she has lost. In The Longest Night, his impressive, reflective new novel after News from Berlin, Otto de Kat deftly distils momentous events of 20th-century history into the lives of his characters. In Emma, the past and the present coincide in limpid fragments of rare, melancholy beauty. Translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson

Becoming Myself - A Psychiatrist's Memoir (Paperback): Irvin D. Yalom Becoming Myself - A Psychiatrist's Memoir (Paperback)
Irvin D. Yalom
R422 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Our Wisdom Years - Growing Older with Joy, Fulfillment, Resilience, and No Regrets (Paperback): Charles Garfield Our Wisdom Years - Growing Older with Joy, Fulfillment, Resilience, and No Regrets (Paperback)
Charles Garfield
R626 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Some of the most profound growth of our lives can happen in the home stretch, the years after age sixty or so. It's a time when we can finally crystallize the meaning of what we've been and done so far and fully expand into the self we've always intended to be, guided by the voice of the soul. But, says psychologist Charles Garfield, that can only happen if we first loosen the grip of the life we've led so far, the one that's been focused outwardly - on activity, achievement, and the idea of success - and let our souls lead the way. In Our Wisdom Years, he skillfully and practically guides readers through nine tasks that can transform the struggles of aging, bringing fulfillment, joy, and serenity. Drawing on the understandings that come from both his work as acclaimed "success guru" in the 1980s and the truths distilled from long-term work with those at the end of life, Garfield offers a fresh, uplifting vision of the wholeness that awaits us in our wisdom years. Our Wisdom Years is unique among books in the "conscious aging" genre in its understanding of how challenging it can be to make the shift from the ubiquitous values of drive and achievement that infuse our contemporary "success culture" to the inner orientation that gives richness to later life. Because of that, Garfield is well positioned to offer considerable expertise on retirement, its inner challenges for people leaving the work force, and the promise of transformation that can come with a turn from a focus on achievement to a focus on satisfaction. Filled with the author's insights and life experiences, the reader is taken through the nine tasks of transformation. Dr. Garfield shares how we can gracefully let go of the younger selves we've been and walk through the opening that keeps beckoning toward this soul-driven version of later life. He encourages us to take the risk of being fully alive as our years pass. This is no small task - aging is not for the faint of heart! The beautiful paradox of growing older is that none of the gifts of age are available without the kind of loss that forces us to confront mortality in a way we can't deny. In the face of loss, we're changed and expanded by truths that come from the heart, not the mind. We learn that we're more than our bodies, part of something much larger than we are; that love and kindness matter most of all.

I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird - A Daughter's Memoir (Hardcover): Susan Cerulean I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird - A Daughter's Memoir (Hardcover)
Susan Cerulean; Photographs by David Moynahan
R573 R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Susan Cerulean's memoir trains a naturalist's eye and a daughter's heart on the lingering death of a beloved parent from dementia. At the same time, the book explores an activist's lifelong search to be of service to the embattled natural world. During the years she cared for her father, Cerulean also volunteered as a steward of wild shorebirds along the Florida coast. Her territory was a tiny island just south of the Apalachicola bridge where she located and protected nesting shorebirds, including least terns and American oystercatchers. I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird weaves together intimate facets of adult caregiving and the consolation of nature, detailing Cerulean's experiences of tending to both. The natural world is the "sustaining body" into which we are born. In similar ways, we face not only a crisis in numbers of people diagnosed with dementia but also the crisis of the human-caused degradation of the planet itself, a type of cultural dementia. With I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird, Cerulean reminds us of the loving, necessary toil of tending to one place, one bird, one being at a time.

Live a Little (Paperback): Howard Jacobson Live a Little (Paperback)
Howard Jacobson 1
R310 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R62 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life, by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question.

At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything – including her own children. She spends her days stitching morbid samplers and tormenting her two long-suffering carers, Nastya and Euphoria, with tangled stories of her husbands and love affairs.

Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he’s whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. Unlike Beryl, he forgets nothing – especially not the shame of a childhood incident that has hung over him like an oppressive cloud ever since.

There’s very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way, and find new meaning in what’s left. Told with Jacobson’s trademark wit and style, Live a Little is in equal parts funny, irreverent and tender – a novel to make you consider all the paths not taken, and whether you could still change course.

Age and Dancing - Older People and Community Dance Practice (Paperback): Diane Amans Age and Dancing - Older People and Community Dance Practice (Paperback)
Diane Amans
R748 Discovery Miles 7 480 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This highly readable introduction to dance with older people combines key debates and issues in the field with practical guidance, as well as a resources section including numerous "toolkit materials." Diane Amans, leading practitioner in Community Dance, provides the ideal beginners' guide for students, practitioners and dance artists alike.

Aging and Loss - Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan (Hardcover): Jason Danely Aging and Loss - Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan (Hardcover)
Jason Danely
R2,569 Discovery Miles 25 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

By 2030, over 30% of the Japanese population will be 65 or older, foreshadowing the demographic changes occurring elsewhere in Asia and around the world. What can we learn from a study of the aging population of Japan and how can these findings inform a path forward for the elderly, their families, and for policy makers?

Based on nearly a decade of research, "Aging and Loss" examines how the landscape of aging is felt, understood, and embodied by older adults themselves. In detailed portraits, anthropologist Jason Danely delves into the everyday lives of older Japanese adults as they construct narratives through acts of reminiscence, social engagement and ritual practice, and reveals the pervasive cultural aesthetic of loss and of being a burden.
Through first-hand accounts of rituals in homes, cemeteries, and religious centers, Danely argues that what he calls the self-in-suspense can lead to the emergence of creative participation in an economy of care. In everyday rituals for the spirits, older adults exercise agency and reinterpret concerns of social abandonment within a meaningful cultural narrative and, by reimagining themselves and their place in the family through these rituals, older adults in Japan challenge popular attitudes about eldercare. Danely's discussion of health and long-term care policy, and community welfare organizations, reveal a complex picture of Japan's aging society.

The Power of Discord - Why the Ups and Downs of Relationships Are the Secret to Building Intimacy, Resilience, and Trust... The Power of Discord - Why the Ups and Downs of Relationships Are the Secret to Building Intimacy, Resilience, and Trust (Hardcover)
Ed Tronick, Claudia M. Gold
R660 R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This "profoundly wise" look at how to foster connections, attachment, and resiliency explains why working through discord is the key to better relationships. (Sue Johnson, bestselling author of Hold Me Tight) You might think that perfect harmony is the defining characteristic of healthy relationships, but the truth is that human interactions are messy, complicated, and confusing. And according to renowned psychologist Ed Tronick and pediatrician Claudia Gold, that is not only okay, it is actually crucial to our social and emotional development. In The Power of Discord they show how working through the inevitable dissonance of human connection is the path to better relationships with romantic partners, family, friends, and colleagues. Dr. Tronick was one of the first researchers to show that babies are profoundly affected by their parents' emotions and behavior via "The Still-Face Experiment." His work, which brought about a foundational shift in our understanding of human development, shows that our highly evolved sense of self makes us separate, yet our survival depends on connection. And so we approximate, iteratively learning about one another's desires and intentions, and gaining confidence in the process as we correct the mistakes and misunderstandings that arise. Working through the volley of mismatch and repair in everyday life helps us form deep, lasting, trusting relationships, resilience in times of stress and trauma, and a solid sense of self in the world. Drawing on Dr. Tronick's research and Dr. Gold's clinical experience, The Power of Discord is a refreshing and original look at our ability to relate to others and to ourselves.

The Psychology of Aging - Theory, Research, and Interventions (Paperback, 3rd edition): Janet K. Belsky The Psychology of Aging - Theory, Research, and Interventions (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Janet K. Belsky
R2,575 R2,120 Discovery Miles 21 200 Save R455 (18%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

This pioneering text is the only book to comprehensively explore both research and practice in the psychology of aging and to bring home the actual aging experience through the use of innovative narrative accounts. Because she limits coverage to the older years, Janet Belsky's text is able to offer an in-depth portrait of all aspects of the field--from traditional research, to concrete applications, to the crucial issues we as a society face as our population ages. With chapters constructed to unfold like a novel, this third edition of THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING genuinely integrates the field, highlighting the interconnections between concepts, research, and applications. These interconnections offer students a sense of an evolving, coherent discipline. The book is carefully planned to bring home how research applies to real lives. Belsky skillfully uses personal examples to highlight how concepts apply to people, and goes beyond the research to conduct her own interviews with aging professionals and older adults. Scholarly, research-oriented, and intellectually stimulating, THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING, offers a rare, inside glimpse into the field of aging and the aging experience as it is actually lived.

Dear Limits, Get Out of My Way (Paperback): Ky-Lee Hanson Dear Limits, Get Out of My Way (Paperback)
Ky-Lee Hanson
R655 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R204 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How often do you feel restricted; physically, socially, mentally or financially? Are you aware of your limitations? How often is time or lack of experience the cause of anxious procrastination; waiting for the right moment? What if the very thing standing in our way, is actually our golden opportunity? ~ Ky-Lee Hanson. Relearn and rethink the way you perceive limitations with each chapter from a tribe of successful, driven, strong and soulful women.

Wise Women (Paperback): Joyce Tenneson Wise Women (Paperback)
Joyce Tenneson
R599 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In ancient times older women were the keepers of primal mysteries and were revered for their special wisdom. Today our culture is reawakening to the power of our elders and there is a new interest in this important part of our life cycle.
For this very special book Joyce Tenneson travelled throughout America to photograph and interview women ages 65 to 100. What she found was a revelation – women who were vital, energetic and deeply beautiful inside and out. Many confided in her that they had never been happier or as in touch with their inner self. The eighty portraits in the book are of women from all walks of life, from the famous, such as Sandra Day O’Connor, Julie Harris, Lily Tomlin, Jessica Tandy, Lauren Bacall and Angela Lansbury, to the familiar – our mothers and grandmothers.
Tenneson's compelling and compassionate portraits are each accompanied by short poignant statements by these remarkable women about the experience of aging. WISE WOMEN is a heartfelt book that speaks to the grace and wisdom of our elders. No one who sees this book will think about aging in the same way again.

Living with Alzheimer's - Managing Memory Loss, Identity, and Illness (Paperback): Renee L Beard Living with Alzheimer's - Managing Memory Loss, Identity, and Illness (Paperback)
Renee L Beard
R725 R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Save R134 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

News of Alzheimer's disease is constantly in the headlines. Every day we hear heart-wrenching stories of people caring for a loved one who has become a shell of their former self, of projections about rising incidence rates, and of cures that are just around the corner. However, we don't see or hear from the people who actually have the disease. In Living with Alzheimer's, Renee L. Beard argues that the exclusively negative portrayals of Alzheimer's are grossly inaccurate. To understand what life with memory loss is really like, Beard draws on intensive observations of nearly 100 seniors undergoing cognitive evaluation, as well as post-diagnosis interviews with individuals experiencing late-in-life forgetfulness. Since we all forget sometimes, seniors with an Alzheimer's diagnosis ultimately need to be socialized into medicalized interpretations of their forgetfulness. In daily life, people with the disease are forced to manage stigma and the presumption of incompetence on top of the actual symptoms of their ailment. The well-meaning public, and not their dementia, becomes the major barrier to a happy life for those affected. Beard also examines how these perceptions affect treatment for Alzheimer's. Interviews with clinicians and staff from the Alzheimer's Association reveal that despite the best of intentions, pejorative framings of life with dementia fuel both clinical practice and advocacy efforts. These professionals perpetuate narratives about "self-loss," "impending cures," and the economic and emotional "burden" to families and society even if they do not personally believe them. Yet, Beard also concludes that in spite of these trends, most of the diagnosed individuals in her study achieve a graceful balance between accepting the medical label and resisting the social stigma that accompanies it. In stark contrast to the messages we receive, this book provides an unprecedented view into the ways that people with early Alzheimer's actively and deliberately navigate their lives.

Extra Time - 10 Lessons for Living Longer Better (Paperback): Camilla Cavendish Extra Time - 10 Lessons for Living Longer Better (Paperback)
Camilla Cavendish 1
R255 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R51 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'An inspirational call to arms' DAILY MAIL 'This book is so sensible, so substantially researched, so briskly written, so clear in its arguments, that one wishes Baroness Cavendish was still whispering into the prime ministerial ear' THE TIMES 'A thoughtful handbook to help societies age gracefully' FINANCIAL TIMES 'This bold, visionary book is a wake-up call to governments. It is a wake-up call to us all' SUNDAY TIMES From award-winning journalist, Camilla Cavendish, comes a profound analysis of one of the biggest challenges facing the human population today. The world is undergoing a dramatic demographic shift. By 2020, for the first time in history, the number of people aged 65 and over will outnumber children aged five and under. But our systems are lagging woefully behind this new reality. In Extra Time, Camilla Cavendish embarks on a journey to understand how different countries are responding to these unprecedented challenges. Travelling across the world in a carefully researched and deeply human investigation, Cavendish contests many of the taboos around ageing. Interviewing leading scientists about breakthroughs that could soon transform the quality and extent of life, she sparks a debate about how governments, businesses, doctors, the media and each one of us should handle the second half of life. She argues that if we take a more positive approach, we should be able to reap the benefits of a prolonged life. But that will mean changing our attitudes and using technology, community, even anti-ageing pills, to bring about a revolution.

You're Not Old, You're Vintage (Hardcover): You're Not Old, You're Vintage (Hardcover)
R169 R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`Don't let ageing get you down. It's too hard to get back up.' John Wagner Like a valuable antique, maybe your smooth finish has become a little lined and your legs creak from time to time. But don't worry: even if you no longer have all your original parts and nobody can find your instruction manual, it's great to be vintage! This joyful collection of quotations celebrates the lighter side of ageing, and shows that it really is the life in your years that counts.

Live a Little (Paperback): Howard Jacobson Live a Little (Paperback)
Howard Jacobson 1
R253 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'A . . . tender love story . . . This book is alive. It pulses with warmth and intelligence' The Times A wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life, by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question. At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything - including her own children. She spends her days stitching morbid samplers and tormenting her two carers with tangled tales of her husbands and affairs. Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he's whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. He forgets nothing -especially not the shame of a childhood incident that has long hung over him. There's very little left remaining for either of them. . . But perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way, and find new meaning in what's left. *SHORTLISTED FOR THE WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE 2020*

The Age Of Ageing Better? - A Manifesto For Our Future (Paperback): Anna Dixon The Age Of Ageing Better? - A Manifesto For Our Future (Paperback)
Anna Dixon
R431 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R77 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Dr Anna Dixon has written a must-read for anyone interested in the future of ageing. Learn from one of the best informed about an issue, and opportunity, that is facing us all.' Andy Briggs, Head of FTSE 100 life insurer Phoenix Group 'A very important book' Sir Muir Gray The Age of Ageing Better? takes a radically different view of what our ageing society means. Dr Anna Dixon turns the misleading and depressing narrative of burden and massive extra cost of people living longer on its head and shows how our society could thrive if we started thinking differently. This book shines a spotlight on how as a society we're currently failing to respond to the shifting age profile - and what needs to change. Examining key areas of society including health, financial security, where and how people live, and social connections, Anna Dixon presents a refreshingly optimistic vision for the future that could change the way we value later life in every sense.

Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain (Paperback): Charlotte Greenhalgh Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain (Paperback)
Charlotte Greenhalgh
R797 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R174 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As today's baby boomers reach retirement and old age, this timely study looks back at the first generation who aged in the British welfare state. Using innovative research methods, Charlotte Greenhalgh sheds light on the experiences of elderly people in twentieth-century Britain. She adds further insights from the interviews and photographs of celebrated social scientists such as Peter Townsend, whose work helped transform care of the aged. A comprehensive and sensitive examination of the creative pursuits, family relations, work lives, health, and living conditions of the elderly, Aging in Twentieth-Century Britain charts the determined efforts of aging Britons to shape public understandings of old age in the modern era.

Live a Little (Hardcover): Howard Jacobson Live a Little (Hardcover)
Howard Jacobson 1
R538 R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Save R106 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life, by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question. *SHORTLISTED FOR THE WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE 2020* At the age of ninety-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything - including her own children. She spends her days stitching morbid samplers and tormenting her two long-suffering carers, Nastya and Euphoria, with tangled stories of her husbands and love affairs. Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he's whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. Unlike Beryl, he forgets nothing - especially not the shame of a childhood incident that has hung over him like an oppressive cloud ever since. There's very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way, and find new meaning in what's left. Told with Jacobson's trademark wit and style, Live a Little is in equal parts funny, irreverent and tender - a novel to make you consider all the paths not taken, and whether you could still change course.

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