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Melville House UK: This Chair Rocks

A Manifesto Against Ageism

**For sale only in the UK and its territories.**

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarassing, and old people are useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realised where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does.

Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive booker to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of agism—in history and in our own age denial—and how it divides and debases. It examines how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of myth and independence, critiques the portrayal of elders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action.

Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, this book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life.

Available for purchase through Turnaround.

‘A book we have been waiting for… blows up myths seven to a page like fireworks.’ —
Los Angeles Review of Books

‘The perfect wake-up call, proving that age is just a number.’ —Christopher Biggins,
Age UK ambassador

‘I never use the word empower, but this book has empowered me.’ —Anne Lamott,
New York Times best-selling author

‘This is a book packed with provocative and liberating ideas, to make you leap into
the air with pleasure – even if your knees, like mine, are a little dodgy.’ —Anne Karpf,
author of How to Age