Books

'I Had My First Child and Published My First Poetry Book in My Forties'

Anita Pati published her first book of poetry, Hiding to Nothing, which explores topics that encapsulate her life as a woman of colour. She writes for Noon about coming to this and other milestones in midlife - and feeling like a late bloomer.

My mum, the hopeless alcoholic

It's hard enough when your mother dies -- but what if you have always had to look after her? That is a whole other story.

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Hooray for unlikeable heroines

We should embrace female characters who are deeply flawed and not nice

Minnie Driver talks midlife power, Hollywood & Managing Expectations

The Brit and Hollywood A-lister has published a memoir as a collection of essays. Here she talks midlife with Eleanor.

Why we love dogs: Noon talks to Dog Days author Erick Waller

How are dogs important to us and how do they relate to midlife transformations

Why we need female determination and what it means

Noon gathered an illustrious panel to talk for International Women's Day to talk about Female Determination

Poems for midlife

Allie Esiri's collection A Poet for Every Day of the Year features poems for life's big and little moments. We excerpt ones for empty nest, hope, love and more

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At school I wanted to be a writer but the careers teacher suggested hairdressing. At 60 I finally got published

Julie Owen Moylan always wanted to be a writer. She finally stopped listening to her doubts...and made it come true

September 2021: Books to read now

We're welcoming autumn with a great list of the best books to read now. Sam Baker, host of the Noon Book Club, shares her top picks.

August 2021: What to read now

Getting ready for your long-awaited holiday? You'll need a great book. Let this list from Sam Baker, host of the Noon Book Club, be your guide.

July 2021: What to read now

Discover the newest, great reads with this exclusive list from Sam Baker, host of the Noon Book Club.

At 47 I was diagnosed with cancer - my local ladies running club saved my life

After a cancer diagnosis, Josie Lloyd discovered a group of running friends who helped her regain gallows humour and hope.