Jill Shaw Ruddock's The Second Half of Your Life
Whoever you are at this moment, you have a choice.
Whoever you are at this moment, you have a choice. You can believe menopause signals the end or you can make a few small changes to finally become the person you always thought you could be.

In her groundbreaking book, Jill Shaw Ruddock offers answers to the questions women think and care about at this time of their life. ‘The change’ is not just physical but cerebral as well. Although a woman can no longer create life, this is the time when she can give birth to herself.

Drawing on her extensive experience, research and interviews, Jill Shaw Ruddock scrutinises what could be holding you back and provides practical, hands-on advice on how to harness the new-found focus that menopause brings. From money to the mind, dating to divorce, exercise to eating and separation to self-expression, Ruddock’s inspiring book sets out a game plan to prepare and guide you to make the second half of your life the best half.


“Heralded as one of the most important women’s books for a decade. Every now and again, a woman’s book comes along that promises to change our thinking forever… Helen Gurley Brown, Germain Greer, Marilyn French. Now it is the turn of Jill Shaw Ruddock to shake us all up and ask new questions about our lives. A guaranteed best seller”–The Lady

“{Ruddock]… has just written a ground-breaking book called, The Second Half of Your Life. Hugely liberating, empowering and transforming.”–Joy Orpen Kanter, The Sunday Independent “The script for those fruitful years between 50 and 96 needed to be written. My only criticism? That I hadn’t written it myself.”—FOUR STARS, Christa D’Souza, Mail on Sunday

“Nora Ephron published I Feel Bad About My Neck, but a new book The Second Half of Your Life, is not a memoir but a self help book aimed squarely at women like me whose ovaries no longer function. Hugely ambitious. We need a book like this”–Mrs Moneypenny, Financial Times The Ruddock dynmo has definitely set something in motion. I say to Ruddock, bring on the granny boomers.” THE SUNDAY TIMES, Style Magazine

“The SECOND HALF OF YOUR LIFE- part self help manual and part scientific treatise. She’s great on financial advice and inspiring on her unrelenting optimism on behalf of older women.” Alison Roberts, THE EVENING STANDARD

“Inspirational.” WOMEN AND HOME, Victoria Lambert

“Good news for women. Jill Shaw Ruddock writes an upbeat menopause manual.” The Jewish Chronicle

“A must have read for all women approaching 50. ” Weekly Wrinkle

Jill Shaw Ruddock grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She was educated in inner-city state schools before getting a degree in Politics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine. She moved to New York City and worked in advertising and then in publishing for Inc. magazine and The Atlantic Monthly.
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