TV personality, founder of Childline, writer and broadcaster, Esther Rantzen has spent her life tirelessly campaigning on behalf of children and mental health sufferers. In this personal and anecdotal handbook, she turns her attention to the baby boomer and shows how, ultimately, reaching your fifties and beyond is just the beginning.
Starting from her own experiences whether it be her childhood, the death of her husband, her battle with prejudice against women in the media, laughter and the love of friends, irritations with brainless ageism, the importance of travel, sex and good health all is of huge relevance and will give the fifty-something-plus-year-old a huge jolt of recognition, or a shocked gasp, or a laugh. Interspersed with practical advice and the occasional nostalgic rant, this is a fun celebration and an inspiration for the nations 17 million baby boomers.
Esther Rantzen made her name producing and presenting the long-running BBC series That's Life, and since then has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as childbirth, mental health and child abuse. She is President of Childline, which she founded in 1986, and a trustee of the NSPCC, as well as a Patron of a number of other charities. She was married to Desmond Wilcox until his death in 2000.