Helen Walmsley-Johnson is the author of the Guardian's 'The Vintage Years' column, which has 65,000 regular readers. Now 58, Helen relocated to London aged 45, worked for Cameron Mackintosh and the Telegraph, before joining the Guardian as Alan Rusbridger's PA for seven years. She is a passionate believer that there's nothing middle-of-the-road about being middle-aged.
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June 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. From Helen Walmsley-Johnson, adapted from her Guardian columns (Vintage Years), a guide to finding your serenity, wisdom and style as an “older woman”. Helen should know, she's learned the hard way and argues that there should be a better way for women as they age – not to be disregarded, not to be harassed by family duties and not to be locked out of the labour market. She provides a look at growing older as a journey of gathering confidence, ability and self-knowledge and not the slalom downhill from a gilded youth as portrayed in the Media. Embrace your wrinkles and greying hair, embrace change and challenge and embrace the idea of the Visible Woman. ~ Sue Baker Some messages from women: 'The Invisible Woman always speaks to me, and for me. It's about saying up yours to the cult of youth, but also about seeing the life of the 50+ as hilariously funny (not unlike the life of the 15 year old, when you come to think about it).' - Mary Beard 'The Invisible Woman in The Vintage Years reminds us that style and wit begin in youth but are mastered in middle-age. You can roundly stick your 20's. Hers is a voice for proper grown-ups not yet ready to come down, and I'm in.' Alison Moyet Like for Like Reading In Your Prime: Older, Wiser, Happier, India Knight Older but not Wiser, Cath Tate