In Praise of Ageing
Retirement is not the time to cut all ties and head off to live in a warm climate but rather to ask: Who do I want to be near? How will my relationships be reaffirmed? What do I care about? What can I create and contribute to the world? Meet Jim Brierley, who was still jumping out of planes aged eighty-eight. And Muriel Crabtree, whose exhibition of pastels was opened by the governor-general shortly after Crabtree died aged 102. Australians are staying healthy and living longer than ever before. Yet rather than focusing on the productive, rich, varied lives older people lead we dwell on the burden of ageing. In Praise of Ageing tells the stories of eight people who have lived well into their nineties and beyond. These people will inspire you, entertain you and motivate you to be connected, interested, risk-taking and inventive. They will challenge your preconceptions. And they will convince you that fifty is now the start of the second half of life and not the beginning of the end. Patricia Edgar's In Praise of Ageing is timely and groundbreaking in its desire to reshape our thinking.
* Author will tour Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide * Book to be launched in Melbourne by Quentin Bryce, the govenor-general of Australia * Author profiled in major broadsheets such as the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and Sunday Star Times * Extracts to be placed in glossy magazines such as Australian Women's Weekly and weekend newspaper supplements such as Weekend Australian magazine * Author to appear on ABC TV programs such as 7.30 and One Plus One as well as commercial TV programs such as Sunrise * Other contributors in the book to appear on commercial TV programs such as Channel 7's Sunday Night * Author to be interviewed on ABC Radio National programs such as Late Night Live and local radio such as Conversations with Jon Faine * Widespread review coverage in all Australin and NZ newspapers * Widespread review coverage in specialist newsletters and publications such as COTA network publications and senior magazines * Widespread review coverage in specialist media interested in Health, Finance and Employment * Advanced reading copies available to the trade * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review, Limelight, the Monthly, Crikey and on their associated websites * Promotions and giveaways with retiree associations such as University of the Third Age, Probus and Rotary Australia * Targeted Facebook advertising campaign * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Strong social media campaign including competitions * Book trailer to be available on Text's website, YouTube, author's website and on bookseller sites
'Patricia is a sort of centurion in her abilities to kick down doors and push walls over...she gets things done.' -- Phillip Adams
Patricia Edgar is a sociologist, educator, film and television producer, writer, researcher, and policy analyst. Through a career spanning four decades she has been at the forefront of media for children nationally and internationally, winning multiple awards for her achievements and programs. In this book she turns her attention to ageing policy in Australia. patriciaedgaranddonedgar.com