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41-Love: A Memoir By Scarlett Thomas

Release date: 04th January, 2022
Publisher: Counterpoint

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According to people who monitor such things, even our least ambitious new year resolutions last, on average, only until mid-February. The good news is that people who stick at their resolutions beyond the beginning of April have a very good chance of continuing with whatever it was they initially planned before the new year dawned.

If, therefore, you find yourself wavering and are already considering abandoning your recently adopted personal pledges, you may wish to read Scarlett Thomas?s 41-Love: A Memoir , an engaging and inspirational account of a lady who, as she approaches middle age, feels there is something missing from her life.

Thomas is an accomplished author whose titles have already sold more than half a million copies; she also happens to be a professor of creative writing and contemporary fiction at the University of Kent. This would be sufficient for most folks, but during her re-evaluation of life, Ms Thomas harks back to her more athletic days and vigorously scratches a long-standing sporting itch: to compete professionally in tennis and become a world-ranked player. She undertakes to do this at the age of 41 having abandoned tennis twenty seven years earlier.

Most people would content themselves with joining the local tennis club, but Thomas has a dream and she?s intent on following it to see how far she can go.

Naturally enough, there are doubts, setbacks and a series of obstacles to address and overcome, but the author displays remarkable tenacity as she attempts to work her way up the over-40s professional tennis ladder. Such determination is admirable and, as she faces yet more challenges ? predictable ones, including exhaustion and the constant battle to retain fitness, as well as the unexpected sort: travel, arranging matches and dieting, readers find themselves rooting for her.

Almost inevitably, one begins to wonder how far Thomas could have gone on the professional circuit had she not stopped playing at the age of 14, but our heroine doesn?t entertain such matters, preferring instead to navigate her way to the finals of Seniors Wimbledon and a series of nail-biting contests. By now, readers will want her to emerge victorious, but to find out how 41-Love ends, you should buy the book, especially if your commitment to 2022?s resolution is beginning to appear a tad wobbly.



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