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Fifty Is Not a Four-letter Word

(2007)
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As Hope Lyndhurst-Steele approaches her 50th birthday, although she "has it all"--top magazine job, wonderful husband, loving son, many friends--fifty still feels like a four-letter word.

But she doesn't know just how low she can go.

When she returns to the office after her holiday break, she's informed by senior management that the "having it all" woman is OUT--and Hope's out along with her. As she starts spending her days at home, her relationship with her usually patient husband Jack starts to become strained, and her teenage son is more interested in chasing after the local trashy single mom than spending his last year at home with his own mother. And Hope's own mother, who she never got along with, has cheerily announced that she's got six months left to live. Hope is relieved when a solo trip to Paris wakes up her long-dormant libido, but when she returns, she finds that her husband is giving her more space than she'd like--he's moved out.

As Hope wonders if she'll be able to make it to fifty-one with her sanity and her family intact, she discovers some interesting truths about herself and her age--and even if 50 is not the new 30, it could be that the best is yet to come.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Compulsive and poignant with well drawn characters." - Catherine Alliott

"Funny, wise, true and not just for women of fifty!" - Wendy Holden

"Funny, wise and proof that the perfect heroine doesn't have to be a chardonnay-swilling thirty-something, this made me laugh and weep from start to finish. Linda Kelsey has the knack of making you care about her characters and she deals with huge issues with the lightest touch. I wish I'd written this!" - Cathy Kelly

"Funny, spiky, and with the ring of truth on every page." - Rosie Thomas

"Funny, perceptive - I absolutely loved it." - Penny Vincenzi


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November 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fifty is Not a Four-letter Word
Author(s): Linda Kelsey
ISBN: 0-7531-7928-8 / 978-0-7531-7928-4 (UK edition)
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June 2007 : UK Hardback
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March 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word
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August 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word
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September 2008 : UK Paperback

Title: Fifty is Not a Four-letter Word
Author(s): Linda Kelsey
ISBN: 0-7531-7929-6 / 978-0-7531-7929-1 (UK edition)
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June 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word
Author(s): Linda Kelsey
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January 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word
Author(s): Linda Kelsey
ISBN: 0-340-95207-5 / 978-0-340-95207-8 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

December 2007 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Fifty is Not a Four-letter Word
Author(s): Linda Kelsey
ISBN: 0-7531-3850-6 / 978-0-7531-3850-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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December 2007 : UK Audio CD

Title: Fifty is Not a Four-letter Word
Author(s): Linda Kelsey
ISBN: 0-7531-2838-1 / 978-0-7531-2838-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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Kindle Editions

February 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word
Author(s): Linda Kelsey
Publisher: 5 Spot
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August 2007 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word
Author(s): Linda Kelsey
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU