Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Linda Kelsey / Jul 18, 2019

Fifty Is Not a Four Letter Word Life begins at fifty Well it certainly does for Hope though not at all as she had planned She reluctantly hits her half century on New Year s Day and within weeks her career her marriage and her se

  • Title: Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word
  • Author: Linda Kelsey
  • ISBN: 9780446195904
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Life begins at fifty Well, it certainly does for Hope, though not at all as she had planned She reluctantly hits her half century on New Year s Day and within weeks her career, her marriage and her self esteem are in free fall But Hope has guts and a sense of humour By the end of her annus horribilis she has acquired a taste for designer underwear, climbing mountainLife begins at fifty Well, it certainly does for Hope, though not at all as she had planned She reluctantly hits her half century on New Year s Day and within weeks her career, her marriage and her self esteem are in free fall But Hope has guts and a sense of humour By the end of her annus horribilis she has acquired a taste for designer underwear, climbing mountains and the memory of one perfect night in Paris A funny, wise and touching look at all the issues closest to our hearts The novel grown up girls have been waiting for.

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    1. What happens to a successful woman who suddenly finds everything falling away—and just after her fiftieth birthday? Is it all over for her now?When Hope Lyndburst-Steele celebrates her fiftieth birthday, she is hoping to minimize the numbers, even as she pretends that it's just another birthday. She has a handsome husband, a wonderful son, and a great career. So why does she have this feeling?Almost as if she has turned her fears and anxieties into reality, just by thinking about them, she sti [...]


    2. Once again I'm in the minority when it comes to my review vs. my fellow book bloggers. This one was hailed as fantastic, terrific and well worth reading. It wasn't my cup of tea, so to speak, and I didn't even finish it. While I'm on the over 40 side of life, I'm not quite to my 50s yet. However, from the description this sounded appealing. Hope Steele, a top magazine editor has a terrific job, wonderful husband and son. Life can change quickly and as her 50th birthday approaches, Hope loses her [...]


    3. I did not like this book whatsoever, and it maybe due to the fact that i'm 20 years old. My mom and I are the same ages as Hope and Olly. I know what she's dealing with in getting older, and it's nowhere near this eccentric. I would not recommend this book to anyone younger than 40. Mainly because if your unaware of how your body changes when you get older it'll scare the day lights outta you! also it's very very difficult to relate to her dramas throughout the book therefore making for a very b [...]


    4. Okay book - not great. Adding her opinion of former President Bush added nothing to the book, but I guess it gives her a platform for her opinion. The author lives in London so I will assume she is a British citizen? The last time I checked non-United States citizens don't get to vote in our elections, so I guess I don't really care about her opinion. I won't read anything else by Linda Kelsey.


    5. Written by Linda Kelsey, a former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. This book's cover blurb variously described it as 'funny', 'wise' and 'spiky'. Spiky it certainly was. Wise? In parts. Funny - not at all, except for the bit about the dog ball thrower. I found this book rather depressing, not to mention self-centred, and felt it lacked the maturity and humour that Virginia Ironside's 'turning sixty' book had in full.



    6. Meet Hope, she's due to turn 50 on new years day and doesnt' like it one bit. 50 means she's a half a century, she's getting old and everything is changing, she can deal with that, slightly, if she ignores it. But at least she has her family, her devoted husband Jack, her typically moody eighteen year old son Olly and a successful job as editor of a magazine. Turning 50, she can ignore because everything around her is fine. So what happens, when it's not? Suddenly turning 50 is the worse thing i [...]


    7. Set mainly in London, this account of a self-absorbed magazine editor who finds herself dumped and out of work for a year, will probably suit some people better than others. If you have been in the character Hope's position - dislike your mother, don't appreciate your husband, your offspring is getting on your nerves but you can't bear to think of him backpacking, your last decade's work has been dismissed by a boss who replaced you with a gay editor who focuses on stain removal, keep falling ou [...]


    8. Essentially what I guess could be described as chick-lit for the more mature reader. Fifty Is Not A Four Letter Word is a tale of transitions, of changing relationships. The story of Hope Lyndhurst-Steele, a character that I'm sure most of us will recognise if not exactly like (I know I didn't).In many ways a very universal novel of a self-obsessed, high-flying, career-orientated, middle-aged woman who is only just beginning to realise just how her life choices have effected others and yet in ot [...]


    9. Ugh. I started skimming then skipping whole sections about halfway through. Sorry, but the character that cheats on the spouse repeatedly just doesn't entertain me. Oh, and why do novelists find it necessary to throw in disparaging comments about current non-fictional persons? Don't they know that a large portion of their (former) audience won't find it clever? I guess they don't want me and my ilk as a fan/customer. Anyway, the main character was a whiny drag, which I suppose was to be expected [...]


    10. Sacked from a glamorous, high-powered job on hitting fifty, it is not surprising that Hope ends up depressed, drifting and rather selfish. Then her husband walks out and we are left in familiar chick-lit territory where things have to go really wrong before they can go right. At least in this instance, the wise friends have life experience to give their advice some weight and the outcome is the more realistic sort where the heroine gets a second chance because she has learnt and grown rather tha [...]


    11. Hey everyone, meet Hope. She turns fifty and her life turns to mess. What can come out of it? Quite a good book, actually. Linda Kelsey not only made the main character not average, but she also made her real. How do you sort yourself out? Well, on your own terms and not in a month, obviously, and that's another reason I liked the book. Some writers love to rush things and there are times I think it's only because they want to squish as much as possible before they run out of ideas. This one's a [...]


    12. Hope is 50 and everything is going wrong. Her husband leaves her, she loses her job, her son is leaving,her mother is dying and her best friend is AWOL. This chronicles a year in her life. She's got a sense of humor as she pulls herself out of the mid-life crisis. There is an open ending. Maybe the author wrote a semi-autobiographical piece? It's a worthwhile read. A couple of things might have been more developed. I never got a sense of the husband. Also, why was the mom such a nasty witch? I t [...]


    13. This was a very quick read, but beware--it's full of British word usage, humor and colloquialisms, so I found myself lost on the message more often than I would have liked. It didn't ruin the overall story or experience, though, and I found a lot of truth in Hope's challenges of entering her 50s. Hope is a bit of a whiner, so I definitely didn't align myself with her on everything--in fact, she's very different from me--but I guess the comfort that comes with finding there are universal frustrat [...]


    14. Library Request. Let me say that I don't appreciate some of these four star ratings books of this lack of quality are given, who are these people kidding, either they don't know a good read if it hit them in the face or they are just lying so others are duped into wasting their time reading this dribble as well.I implore all of you to Stop lying and stop rating these terrible books with such great stars.


    15. A great tale of life transition! While I am only half the age of the main character, Hope, I can identify with a lot of her pain and struggle, especially in transitions. The movement of the mood of the book from foreboding to free and hopeful is magnificent. A great read if you are struggling with life and what is important in life.


    16. I can see this book has received mixed reviews here (you really can't please everyone), but I thoroughly adored the story. Several laugh-out-loud moments mixed with effective drama. Overall, I cared about what happened to the protagonist. Linda Kelsey has woven together a complex and engaging story. Bravo!


    17. I really enjoyed this story about a woman who has it all and loses it right around her 50th birthday. Parts of it were right on about the health and metal issues that happen to any woman at this age. I really recommend this older "chick lit" genre for those of us who are no longer thinking of getting the guy, but more trying to keep your sanity.


    18. Good book. English (British) funnies were somewhat difficult to pick up on - so glad I have a gal pal from England! Very good example of "seeing the crisis and dealing with it head on". I'm not sure that I condone all of the actions in the book, but it is, after all, fiction


    19. Classic chick lit but none the worse for it. I'm fifty and I really enjoyed it because it was true to this stage of life - albeit with a lot of humour and entertainment added in. A fun easy going read.


    20. Overall, a pretty good book. I absolutely fell in Love with Kelsey's first novel I read (The Secret Lives of Sisters), so had high expectations of this one.I didn't think it was at good, but still, a great read; there was certainly pleny of drama to keep me amused.


    21. Good chick lit. I liked that you were left surprising what happened at the end. Maybe more relevant if you are fifty!!




    22. This was an OK book. I kind of lost interest half way through and read another book. I did pick it back up and finish reading it.





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