Fifty, But Who’s Counting? New Book, Hailed a “Must Read”, Proves Getting Older & Wiser is….AWESOME!

Already the end of January (Shock Horror) and I still had a list of New Year resolutions to work through. I was given a book to read and review and it started to put life and goals into perspective.

Gaynor Goodchild’s ‘Fifty, But Who’s Counting?’ is a frank, honest and raw account of life after the big five-oh. A unique commentary on humanity, Goodchild shares her wisdom on everything from sex and the menopause to technology, money and religion; wisdom that could only come with her years. It’s bold proof that age is truly just a number; compelling one critic to recently write, “A great little read. Very funny, engaging and easy to relate to. Would certainly recommend to any of you ladies out there!”.


While young people “know everything” and think they’ve seen it all, those over fifty will admit that they still have a lot to learn, but what they do know is based on good, old, hard life experience.

It’s something Gaynor Goodchild sees as a privilege and, in her new book, she shares her insights and wisdom to show that age is a gift that should be embraced.

There’s no other book on the market quite like ‘Fifty, But Who’s Counting?’.


IS TURNING FIFTY REALLY SO BAD? The author of this book – a fifty-five-year-old, pet-loving, independent lady from Dorset – offers a warts-and-all personal account of how her perception of the world has radically changed since entering her fifth decade. Her insights and anecdotes are refreshingly different, shared with honesty, relish and lashings of humour, so much so that you’ll be hooked from the get-go. Having led a colourful life, she has wealth of experiences to offer and her wonderful conversational style cajoles you into thinking you’re chatting with a friend over coffee and cake. She tackles general topics, such as death, money, politics and religion, and delves deep into her own experiences of the chaos caused by the menopause, the ageing process, and the challenges and mind-boggling world of technology.

The advantages of turning fifty – and there are plenty to be had – are shared with her warm and light-hearted charisma, and will undoubtedly offer you much food for thought. If you’re over forty and female, you will find laughter, empathy, comfort and so much more in the author’s quirky observations, regardless of your background. Take a look through the contents page now, using the ‘Look Inside’ feature and be prepared for those sparks of intrigue to start flying and a smile to quickly appear.

“There’s so many advantages to turning fifty, and I sing them loud and proud in this book,” explains the author. “I also wanted to use it to tackle a number of topics usually swept under the rug, such as sex, the menopause, death and women’s roles in society. I am never one to keep my views and opinions to myself, so expect to hear it all!”

Continuing, “I want to challenge the common notion that growing old is some kind of punishment. I firmly believe it’s a big gift we must embrace and look forward to. The book will definitely resonate with other women my age, and I hope a few younger readers will also brave it too, because their clock is ticking!”.

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Patsy Hallmey comments, “A lovely witty yet thought provoking book that I really enjoyed reading so much so that I’m ordering copies for my friends. It’s a very honest book that really gives the reader an insight into the authors life. I would definitely recommend reading.”

‘Fifty, But Who’s Counting?’ is available now:

A great read and plenty of experiences to relate to- It can be quite daunting approaching 50 when you are in your 40’s but this book helped to make it something to celebrate especially the advantages of turning 50 chapter.

About the Author.

Gaynor enjoys the simplicity of life living by the sea. She is passionate about animals, especially her soulmate who is her German Shepherd dog called Quola.

Gaynor loves reading and is very much inspired by Khalil Gibran’s book called The Prophet and his philosophy of the spiritual being.

Article by Fykaa Caan

Fashion, Lifestyle and Current Affairs Editor.

The Hollywood London Magazine.

As a child, Gaynor had many roles to play – parent to her baby brother, rescuer to her beaten mother and, most of all, keeper of the family secrets. She witnessed and experienced things that no child should and, aged 13, she took her first sip of whisky and thought she’d found sanctuary. She grew up fast and was soon bunking off school and spending all her time in pubs, being bought drinks by unsavoury men. Gaynor’s story illustrates how easy it is to find yourself out of control. Small, slippery steps gradually got her into a horrific situation involving abusive men, drink, drugs, prostitution, self-harm and serious mental illness which stripped her of the ability to love herself or even her daughter. Having endured more than humanly possible and been a victim of her own destructive behaviour for so long, Gaynor finally managed to take steps to beat her demons for good. One Little Speck is the remarkable story of her journey from hopeless rock-bottom to recovery. Gaynor is now a qualified counsellor who hopes to help others overcome their addictions. She lives in Essex with her partner and is a proud mum to her law-graduate daughter.

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