There has been much discussion recently in the Facebook group Books for Older Readers. Is this the right name for this emerging genre, we ask – and what types of books does it actually include?
Is the word older problematic or just honest? Do other words such as third-ager have an uncomfortable touch of the euphemism about them? Should the books feature older characters and tackle the issues, good and bad, that come with later life? Or should they be written by older writers?
All valid questions – so I asked a few of myself. Do I mind being called ‘older’? No, not really, it’s just a matter of fact. I could equally accept being called a ‘third-ager’ – but I understand that public perception counts for much and that it’s important to get this right. And what kinds of books am I attracted to, as an ‘older’ reader?…
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