Hagitude: Reimagining the Second Half of Life


This item will be released 01 Sep.

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

Hagitude will be available on 1 September 2022. Pre-order now for a signed copy.

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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

For any woman over fifty who has ever asked ‘What now? Who do I want to be?’ comes a life-changing new book showing how your second half may be your most dynamic yet.

Rich with the combination of myth, landscape and eco-feminism that took her earlier work If Women Rose Rooted to cult status, Hagitude reclaims the mid years as a liberating, alchemical moment – from which to shift into your chosen, authentic and fulfilling future. Drawing inspiration from mythic figures and archetypes ranging from the Wise Woman and the Creatrix to the Henwife and the Trickster, as well as modern mentors, Sharon Blackie radically rewrites the future for women in their mid and elder years.

Praise for Sharon Blackie’s previous books:

‘A book for all the wild women … I love each and every placement of each word. Love the wildness, the shapeshifting, the fearsomeness of it.’

Jackie Morris, co-author of The Lost Words

‘Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie’s beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life.’

Clover Stroud, author of The Wild Other

‘A beautiful, intelligent and unusual book … I’m hoping this book will become the anthem of our generation.’

Kate Forsyth, author of Bitter Greens

‘Deeply evocative and haunting … Part rally cry, part warning, part manifesto and all parts enchanting.’

Holly Ringland, author of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

‘Sharon Blackie weaves a rich tableau of what a life full of wonder and authentic connection might look like, supplying practical ways to approach ancient wisdom.’

Lynn Thomson, author of Birding with Yeats

‘A master of her craft, Blackie weaves beautiful threads of folklore, psychology, history, philosophy, and much more into this remarkable work, reminding the reader of the magic inherent in all of our lives.’

Emily Urquhart, author of Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family and the Mystery of our Hidden Genes

‘Women have long been told to “know our place”. This powerful and inspiring exploration of the female relationship with landscape turns the diktat around, showing us what may be gained from doing just that.’

Melissa Harrison, author of Among the Barley and The Stubborn Light of Things

‘Mind-blowing in the most profound and  exhilarating sense. This is an anthem for all we could be, an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times.’

Manda Scott, author of Boudica and A Treachery Of Spies