from the creators of the hit podcast FORTY come musings, advice and real-life stories on the highs, lows and unexpected delight of life in your forties.

How can I be nearing middle age when twenty-six feels like yesterday? After the craziness of my twenties and hard work of my thirties, what’s next? Who am I now that youth is behind me?

These were the questions Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills asked themselves as they entered a milestone decade – their forties. And they’re not alone. The second phase of life can seem daunting. But it’s so much more than declining collagen, hormonal upheavals, and a supposed descent into invisibility. There is power in knowing who you are, ditching ‘nice’ for what’s important, and arriving at the stage in your life when you decide rather than ‘slide’.

 

In Forty Favours the Brave, Lise and Sarah, along with women from all walks of life, share insightful tales about entering their forties and beyond: the lessons learned, heartbreaks survived, things they wish they’d known, relationship changes, confidence gained … and the surprising, wondrous joy of life in its second act.

Brimming with wit, honesty and relatable ‘aha!’ moments, Forty Favours the Brave is the ultimate coming-of-age reading for any woman approaching (or in) her forties.

"This book feels like a weekend away with your best girlfriends. A compendium of wisdom, laughs and life reflections from women in their fifth decade – you cannot read this book and not get excited about life in your forties."
– Sally Hepworth

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