“A fascinating, genuine account of the ups and downs of life as a single mum hitting fifty”
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A Diary From the Frontline of Ordinary Life

On my fiftieth birthday in July 2019 I started a diary to explore what it was like to be a middle-aged, menopausal (neurodiverse) woman in today’s modern society. The passing of youth and the obvious acceleration of ageing had brought about a mini metaphysical crisis that I was searching to find a way to navigate and accept. But I wasn’t ageing alone, my parents, thirty years older than me, were ageing too and our relationship was changing in a way that was heartbreaking but which I also needed to accept.

As a single mother to ten-year-old SEN twins, trying to find a long term partner was challenging at the best of times. Online dating is a psychological minefield but unless I donned the PPE and chanced my luck among the unexploded weapons I had no way of meeting anyone. Then in the new year of 2020 the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the world and everything changed.

50 is an accidental work of witness to the start of the coronavirus pandemic and a vivid chronicle of an English woman’s middle-age

“Funny, poignant, engrossing”