‘The mid-life crisis. We know the symptoms. We laugh about them. But should we? In a society obsessed with youth – with its culture, its looks, its values, its sexual habits – it is hard to admit that you’re middle-aged and uneasy about it. Scared, even.
My mid-life crisis began when I was 44, as a sort of queasiness. I felt uncomfortable, as though I had the wrong coat on: too hot, too heavy. I felt, too, as though I was missing something. Not missing out. But missing: mourning the loss of something – a person? a place? – that was once there, but had gone, slipped through my fingers. Days would whizz past – weeks, months – and yet it seemed only yesterday that I was 29.
Perhaps, at this point, I should have upped and left the family for a Portuguese waiter I met on holiday with the girls. But I didn’t want to leave my husband. I like my husband. And my kids.
What I wanted, of course, was time. Because the one thing a mid-life crisis highlights is the fact that your end-life crisis is not far away. In fact, it’s rushing at me at breakneck speed, knocking me down with its force.’
Reviews of Out of Time
- ‘A straight-talking handbook for those of us who believe we’re still at our peak in middle age but need a few honest signposts’ Viv Albertine
- ‘I spent a lot of time nodding along in agreement to this book as if it was my favourite record*’ Jeremy Deller
- *‘Hallelujah’ by Happy Mondays (Weatherall & Oakenfold remix)
- ‘Sawyer is at her best articulating with honesty the angst many of this generation feel about getting older… the Morrissey of her journalistic generation’ Sunday Times
- Praise for ‘Park and Ride’:
- ‘A great success … Such annihilation has been performed before. John Osborne did it. Sid Vicious was there. But this is prime stuff’ Independent On Sunday
- ‘Like Victoria Wood she has a talent for illuminating the absurdities of how ordinary people live their ordinary lives’ Observer
- ‘Miranda Sawyer’s suburban memoir ‘Park and Ride’ was as excellent as we expect’ Julie Burchill, Guardian (Books of the Year)