No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside
Diary of a Sixtieth Year

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Read Virginia Ironside's posts on the Penguin Blog.



A screamingly funny and poignant story about embracing life beyond middle age

Marie Sharp is
heading toward sixty and is just fine with it. She’s already had plenty of excitement in her life: sex and drugs in the
freewheeling sixties, career and children, marriage and divorce. Now she’s ready to settle into a quiet, blissfully boring
routine. No Italian classes or gym memberships or bicycle trips across Europe, thank you very much! Marie just wants
to put her feet up and “start doing old things.”

She’s even sworn off men! But as it turns out, life still has
some surprises in store, the biggest of which is a new grandson on the way. What’s more, Archie, her old childhood
crush, suddenly reenters her life, and her closest friend falls seriously ill. Armed with a biting sense of humor, Marie
wrestles with a life that refuses to follow her plans—and may still offer more possibilities than she realizes.


 

About Virginia Ironside

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Virginia Ironside currently writes the “Dilemmas” weekly advice column for the Independent in London. This is the author’s first U.S. publication.
 
Published March 25, 2008 by Plume. 240 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A divorced woman, turning 60, decides there are actually advantages to getting old.

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The Independent

In this second instalment of the diaries of Marie Sharp, she braves yet more taboos – revealing the secret of a good death and the fringe benefits of a discreet face-lift.

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The Bookbag

As for the anti-hotel park action group, they're a wonderful hotchpotch of the disparate souls that Marie wouldn't notice normally (accidentally or deliberately) but become united by an external threat to their normality.

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USA Today

A wild child of the 1960s, Marie Sharp shocks young people at parties by revealing "how when I was young I tried heroin, took uppers and downers every weekend, drank so much I once passed out in the middle of Oxford Street, slept with every man who asked me without using a condom."

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