Hagitude: Reimagining the Second Half of Life


A radical rewriting of the future for all women approaching their mid and elder years.

Hagitude is already becoming a beloved cult classic, as a myth-infused manifesto for the possibilities for life from middle age onwards.’

Katherine May, author of Wintering


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‘There can be a perverse pleasure, as well as a sense of rightness and beauty, in insisting on flowering just when the world expects you to become quiet and diminish.’ Sharon Blackie

What is Hagitude? It means being at ease with the unique power women embody in the second half of their life. It means having a strong sense of who we are and what we have to offer the world. And a firm belief in our place in the ever-shifting web of life.

For the woman who wishes to flourish without chasing eternal youth comes Hagitude. Interweaving myth, psychology, landscape and ecofeminism, acclaimed author Sharon Blackie reclaims the mid years as an alchemical moment – from which to shift into your chosen, authentic and fulfilling future – and the elder years as a path to dynamic influence.

Hagitude is a fascinating book. It’s well researched, packed with stories and bursting with lovely descriptions of the natural world. There’s plenty in it to inspire women of every age.’

Christina Patterson, The Sunday Times


Hagitude has the power to change lives. By sharing her personal story alongside potent female figures from myth and history, Sharon Blackie offers us a rich and exciting vision of how we can grow into a more connected and creative second half of life. Full of fierce energy, this is a book that acts like a ration of courage, of purpose.’

Tanya Shadrick, author of The Cure for Sleep


‘Like all Blackie’s works it is erudite, wise, passionate and empowering – a feast and a joy of a book.’

Sophie Anderson, author of The House on Chicken Legs


Hagitude takes readers through the “house of elders” – an extraordinary cast of figures including fairy godmothers, wise women, tricksters and creators, offering bewitching role models for women in their later years.’

Western Mail

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