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One midlife crisis and a speedo

One midlife crisis and a speedo

'One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo' is a humorous journey into the terrors, absurdities and compensations of middle age.
Bristow-Bovey, Darrel
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Title: One midlife crisis and a speedo
Author: Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Genre: Cricket history
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Imprint: Zebra Press
Cape Town, South Africa, 2014
ISBN 9781770227460 / ISBN 978-1-77022-746-0
Softcover, 14 x 21 cm, 176 pages

Description:

I'm about to make an enormous mistake. This isn't a thought I've had very often. More usually I'm thinking, "Have I just made an enormous mistake?" or especially, "I have just made an enormous mistake!" This stopping ankle-deep in the cold, salty water of a mistake is a new feeling, but it's just as well, because this might be a real mistake, one of the ones that count. I've made many mistakes in my time. I've ended up with bad knees and a sore heart and shoes that cost too much and make me look like a Sicilian art dealer. I've made mistakes that have cost me time and love and more dignity than I have to spare. I've made mistakes in conversation with people I've wanted to impress that still cause me to hug my knees in the night and hum till I can't hear my memories any more. It sometimes feels that everything I've ever said or done or worn has been a mistake of one kind or another and even the good things are just mistakes that turned out well. But this doesn't feel like one of those.

This feels like the kind of mistake that can't be made right, that will end with me inhaling cold green lungfuls of water and in three days' time my body will be found in the reeds of some downstream village, cparking legends that last for decades about the pale sea creature that came floating in one day all doughy and limp like a person-shaped piece of pie pastry not yet cooked. This must be how Jacob Zuma or Tony Abbott sometimes feel: one minute everything's sunny and fine, and then the next a terrible clarity strikes and you're looking around, wondering: What am I doing here in front of all these people? And where are my trousers...? 'One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo' is a warm, witty, eventually wise journey into the terrors and absurdities and grumpy compensations of middle age that will speak to every man and woman who has ever noticed that time is ticking by faster every day.

Contents: One midlife crisis and a speedo

Prologue
The Old Man and the Sea
For Whom the Back Tolls
Youth
The Five Stages of Turning Forty
You Know You're Middle-Aged When
Don Quixote
Waiting to Inhale
Lucky Gym
Fall and Rise
Water and Peace
Hard Times
Reservoir Dog
Juice
You Only Live Twice
Epilogue: The Sun Also Rises
Acknowledgements


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