RTÉ Audience Choice Award

Winner 2021

Your One Wild and Precious Life

By Dr Maureen Gaffney

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.

About Dr Maureen Gaffney...

Leading psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney combines work in academia with a busy international consultancy business. She also serves on the executive committee of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Her last book, Flourishing, was a Number One bestseller in Ireland and has sold over 70,000 copies. She is also a columnist, broadcaster and speaker.

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