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A Long Time Coming

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A powerful collection of essays exploring what it means to grow old in our youth-obsessed world

To live a long life should be a joy; to be old should not be a burden.

With improved health care and higher standards of living, each generation is living longer than the last. Governments see our ageing population as an imminent disaster, and old age as a medical problem. We are
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 30th 2016 by Scribe
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Joosten smashes through our over-sentimentalised ways of talking about old age.
Maria Tumarkin

Thoughtful and honest, this book is a reminder to cherish our elders.
Dr Ranjana Siristava, Author of Tell Me the Truth

[A] fine collection … shows deep commitment and quite profound levels of insight and compassion.
Weekend Australian

Heartening … [Joosten has] a novelist's feel for the texture of life.
Fiona Capp, Sydney Morning Herald

[V]ivid and surprising ... This eloquent collection advocates for the e
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Michael Livingston
3.5

After the first few essays I had this down as one of the books of the year, but things faded a bit over the second half until the lovely final essay. It felt a bit like Joosten had 3 or 4 really excellent essays and had to squeeze a few more in to make this a whole book - the essay covering fiction and dementia for example seemed pretty underdone. Still - there are wonderfully powerful moments in this book, tackling a topic that is so often ignored - I really would recommend reading it for t
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And a half stars.
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Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A series of essays on aging in Australia this book is in part memoir, in part the individual stories of aging Australians as told to the author and in part analysis of the issues faced as Australia cares for an increasing number of aged. It is a moving and powerful cry for better housing and care for the aged in a society where youth is idolised and the old have become invisible.
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I found this very disappointing. it seemed to be more about the author than her interviewees. I expected more of their views rather than lots of facts & figures.
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I really wanted to like this book of essays. The topic is important and the book is clearly well researched, but the result is patchy with a mix of interesting, thought-provoking essays and others that just seem pedestrian and don't really draw out the potential of the subject matter.
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Melanie Joosten is a writer who lives in Melbourne. Her first novel, Berlin Syndrome (2011) saw her named as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and awarded the Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers. Berlin Syndrome is currently being turned into a film with a screenplay by Shaun Grant, to be directed by Cate Shortland.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), a Master of Ar
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