Your one wild and precious life


Unlike previous generations, we no longer expect to leave education forever in our early twenties; to be ready for the mortgage and 2.4 children by the time we hit thirty; to remain in one career till retirement; to give up on love or adventure or intellectual challenge as we age. It’s exciting, liberating – and also, unsettling. Drawing on fascinating psychological research on how we are affected by these ever-shifting goalposts, this book presents a radical new perspective on making the best of our lives. Distinguished psychologist Maureen Gaffney applies a unique full life approach to navigating these complicated times.

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No 1 Bestseller and Irish Book Award Winner!

“A profound, important work, simultaneously wise, instructive and a love letter to humanity” Irish Times

A ground-breaking new framework for embracing middle age and beyond

Middle-age is cross-roadsy – having arrived, you’re looking back in wonder about how you got here, and also looking ahead, thinking: where to next? The realisation that neither time nor choices are limitless is both daunting and exciting – this is the moment to take stock and figure out how to make the best of every precious moment of your second act.

Your One Wild and Precious Life is an eye-opening account of this vital and surprisingly liberating life-stage. Crucially, it sets out how you can transform your thinking to reclaim control over your life, connect with who you truly are and face the future with joy and a sense of purpose. This is both radical and reassuring – a book to fundamentally alter your relationship with time and to help you to understand that every age can be your best age.

‘I recognised entire sections that seemed to have been written just for me … I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many notes’ – Irish Times

‘A book I will keep by my bedside forever’ Deirdre O’Kane, Sunday Times

‘Warm, wise and immensely readable … peppered with insights and advice about how to become your best self’ – Irish Mail on Sunday

‘Solid and practical advice about how to navigate those tricky, hurdle-strewn yeas that lie in between finishing the child-rearing and preparing oneself for dotage’ – Sunday Independent

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Weight 287 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.5 cm










158.1 (edition:23)


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