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The Time of their Lives by Maeve Haran

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A story of four friends in their early sixties who have known each other for over forty years and supported each other through life’s upheavals. All family issues are covered, bereavement, divorce, health, problems with elderly parents and grown-up children, downsizing, job loss, new technology and relationships. Excellent for book clubs for there is lots of meat for discussion. We get large chunks of all their lives and problems, how they cope or don’t and in so doing get an excellent appraisal of women growing older. An inspiring, joyous novel outlining the value of true friendship which culminates in them all gathering at a wedding. A lovely read.

If you like Maeve Haran you might also like to read books by Erica James, Maeve Binchy and Victoria Henry.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A story revolving around the enduring power of female friendships, the more unusual feature of Maeve Haran’s entertaining novel is that all of its central protagonists are in their sixties. For Sal, Claudia, Ella and Laura their forty-year friendship has proved mutually sustainable, a source of fun, solace and monthly chats. But for these members of the baby-boomer generation the prospect of ageing is one that they greet sceptically, and as each faces their individual challenges – ill health, infidelity or relocation – they discover that life, just as John Lennon once opined, is indeed ‘what happens when you’re busy making other plans.’
~ Amanda Hodges


The Time of their Lives by Maeve Haran

Haven't you heard? Sixty is the new forty ...Each month best friends Claudia, Sal, Ella and Laura meet for drinks, celebrating 45 years of friendship. They know each other and their lives inside out. Their ambitions, careers, husbands, lovers, children, hopes, fears, the paths taken and not taken ...Sal had spent a lifetime building a career as a successful magazine editor but she hadn't banked on the one thing over which she had no control. Claudia loved her urban existence - the thought of the country sent shivers down her spine. But, as many women will know, other people's needs always seem to come first ...Ella is ready to try something different. But she hadn't bargained on quite such a radical change ...Laura succumbed to the oldest cliche in the book. But it didn't make it any easier to accept. Outside of the supportive world of their friendships, they find their lives are far from what they expected - the generation that wanted to change the world didn't bargain on getting old. A truthful, provocative, funny and inspiring novel, The Time of their Lives, asks hard questions about what the world offers women as they get older and finds both moving and joyously uplifting answers in the different ways the four friends celebrate their coming of age ...


In 1991, Maeve Haran scored a bestseller with Having It All, one of the first novels to acknowledge the problems of juggling a career and motherhood. Here she seems likely to strike a similar chord with the over-60s ... Haran is far too skilled a story-teller for the book to read like an exercise in box-ticking. The characters
own liveliness is reflected in a warm and often funny page

-turner that strikes just the right balance between melancholy and defiance James Walton, Readers Digest Maeve Haran,sixty-something and author of the ground breaking 1990s blockbuster Having It All has joined the party with this delightful take on the enduring power of female friendship. If 60 is the new 40 then this is the new chicklit ... a funny, feisty novel The Daily Express, Caroline Jowett Lively Sainsbury's Magazine

About the Author

Maeve is an Oxford law graduate, former television producer and mother of three grown-up children. She started her writing career with the international bestseller, Having It All, which explored the dilemmas of balancing career and motherhood. Maeve has written eight further contemporary novels and two historical novels. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, two which have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year. She lives in North London with her husband and a very scruffy Tibetan terrier.

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Publication date

19th June 2014


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Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan


544 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years


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