In a year like no other, older people were asked to “cocoon” for their own protection. Emergence from this state has been slow to realise, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Geriatricians Shane O’Hanlon and Paul Finucane invited their colleagues – doctors caring for older people – to choose their favourite pieces of poetry and prose on ageing. The result is a unique collection of gems that celebrates older people, at a time when they have been marginalised.
In this book, you can journey from Shakespeare to Heaney, from comedy to science fiction, from play to poetry, from ancient Rome to the 29th century. There is philosophy, newspaper interviews, a seanfhocal (Irish saying), religion, a fairy tale, sickness and health, wisdom, loneliness and joy.
There are contributions in French, German, Spanish, English and Irish. The book includes works by Jane Austen, Sinead Gleeson, Benjamin Franklin, Jenny Joseph, Patrick Kavanagh, Plato, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats and many others.
All profits will be donated to age-related charities.