How to Age Disgracefully: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A senior citizens’ center and a daycare collide with hilarious results in the new ensemble comedy from New York Times-bestselling author Clare Pooley

When Lydia takes a job running the Senior Citizens’ Social Club three afternoons a week, she assumes she’ll be spending her time drinking tea and playing gentle games of cards.

The members of the Social Club, however, are not at all what Lydia was expecting. From Art, a failed actor turned kleptomaniac to Daphne, who has been hiding from her dark past for decades to Ruby, a Banksy-style knitter who gets revenge in yarn, these seniors look deceptively benign—but when age makes you invisible, secrets are so much easier to hide.

When the city council threatens to sell the doomed community center building, the members of the Social Club join forces with their tiny friends in the daycare next door—as well as the teenaged father of one of the toddlers and a geriatric dog—to save the building. Together, this group’s unorthodox methods may actually work, as long as the police don’t catch up with them first.

About the Author

Clare Pooley graduated from Cambridge University, and then spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising before becoming a full-time writer. Her debut novel, The Authenticity Project, was a New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Pooley lives in Fulham, London, with her husband, three children, and two border terriers. Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting was her second novel, and How to Age Disgracefully is her third novel.

Praise For…

Praise for How to Age Disgracefully:

“Clare Pooley weaves together the most cleverly flawed and lovable characters and then sets them free to prove that we are limitless at any age. HOW TO AGE DISGRACEFULLY is a love letter to the human spirit.”
Annabel Monaghan, bestselling author of Nora Goes Off Script

“Funny, warm, wise, and a total riot....Clare Pooley is the best at marshalling a group of madly endearing characters, flicking her whip, and sending them careening off on a rollicking, entrancing, breakneck journey.”
—Beth Morrey, international bestselling author of Clover Hendry's Day Off

“Utterly hysterical and full of heart, with hugely loveable characters, a dialogue that had me in stitches and many profound moments. A totally wonderful, spirit-lifting read!”
—Hellie Acton, author of Begin Again

“Reading this book felt like a warm hug and its endearing, witty characters like old friends (Daphne is my hero!). I can’t recommend it enough.”
—Tess Amy, author of The Confidence Games

“Another stunning book from Clare Pooley, How to Age Disgracefully is guaranteed to warm your heart and brighten your days. Enthralling, vibrant, deliciously eccentric and just so funny.”
Hazel Prior, author of How the Penguins Saved Veronica

“A lovably quirky, reassuringly wise, and memorably inspiring romp that shatters ageist stereotypes.” 

Praise for Clare Pooley:

“Clare Pooley is the master of writing an ensemble cast.”
—Sophie Cousens, New York Times bestselling author of Just Haven't Met You Yet

“Fans of Fredrik Backman and Gail Honeyman—make room on your shelves for Clare Pooley.”
—Steven Rowley, New York Times bestselling author of The Celebrants
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593831496
ISBN-10: 0593831497
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English