Ann Richardson has been a writer for many years. She is fascinated by other people’s thoughts, experiences and emotions and loves to write books where they can express their views in their own words.
She writes on different subjects that capture her interest for one reason or another. This includes a book about people living with AIDS or HIV thirty years ago when there was no cure (Wise Before Their Time, Foreword by Sir Ian McKellen); a book about what it is like to work in end-of-life care (Life in a Hospice, Foreword by Tony Benn); and a book about how it feels to be a grandmother (Celebrating Grandmothers).
Her most recent book. The Granny Who Stands on Her Head: Reflections on Growing Older, is a set of short pieces about the joys and challenges of becoming old, with an emphasis on the joys. It is also partly a memoir, including some stories from her life.
Ann lives in London, England, with her husband of 58 years.
Please visit her website www.annrichardson.co.uk
I used to think that when you became older, you also became very different. The Granny Who Stands on Her Head is a book about why I like being an older woman. I argue that there are many new joys - deepening relationships, feeling much more comfortable in your own skin and, sometimes grandchildren, which compensate for some of the new aches and pains of growing older.
But I also argue that old age is not a foreign country and there is so much that is familiar. This makes coping with old age so much easier than I ever imagined.
THE GRANNY WHO STANDS ON HER HEAD
And, most important, as you get used to these changes, you realise it is the same old you dealing with them. For good or ill, there is no amazing metamorphosis. Whatever your character and personality at age 30, you will almost inevitably be the same at 60 – or 70 – and beyond. If you were an optimist when you were young, you will find yourself still an optimist later. If you had a tendency to fuss over unexpected events, you are almost certainly still fussing later. If you laughed at whatever life threw at you, you will be laughing still. It makes everything much more familiar.