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Out of Time: The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing

“A powerful manifesto for dealing with the march of time.” – Observer
In Out of Time, leading thinker Lynne Segal examines her life and surveys the work and lives of other writers and artists to explore the pleasures and perils of growing old. Following in the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir—who in her mid-fifties mourned 'never again!' and yet was energetically writing in her sixties and seventies—Segal mixes memoir, literature and polemic to examine the inevitable consequences of staying alive.

Who is that stranger who stares back from the mirror? What happens to ambition and sexuality? As millions of baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, these questions are becoming increasingly urgent. Must the old always be in conflict with the young? How can we deal with the inevitability of loss and find victory in survival?

Brilliant, moving and challenging, Out of Time is an urgent and necessary corrective to the assumptions and taboos that constrain the lives of the aged.

Reviews

  • “Lynne Segal cuts through the current discourse on ageing with a sharp scalpel, an open mind and boundless compassion. If you have detected even one grey hair, read this book while you still have time”
  • “It’s about time for a book like Out of Time, compassionate, seasoned, honest, and wise, which asks questions about age but aims to enlighten, rather than frighten us. Read on!”
  • “A profound and lively examination of what it means to age, to confront the prejudices against the old, and to find a way to affirm their passion and fantasy, their bonds, and their sorrows”
  • “Wide ranging in its analyses of feminist, political and social theory ... Explores without delusion the ills of the ageing woman”
  • “In this courageous study, Lynne Segal addresses the vicissitudes of ageing, a process that lies in wait for us all. She turns on the subject a critical eye honed by social psychology, psychoanalysis, feminism and radical politics. An original, probing and unsettling exploration.”
  • “A unique capacity for clarity and wit, along with her courage of intellect”
  • “… a wonderfully honest look into a subject everyone should be thinking about.”
  • “So what does it mean to age gracefully? How is this done? These questions are at the centre of a thoughtful new book from Lynne Segal”
  • “A powerful manifesto for dealing with the march of time.”
  • “A reflective essay on perceptions of ageing.”
  • “An engaging exploration of the brutal realities for yesteryear's feminists.”

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