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Please note: contains adult themes and explicit language. 

A record-breaking bodybuilder. A sex-positive dominatrix. A gaming pioneer with close to a million subscribers. A musical trailblazer who’s queering country music. 

These are a new generation of rebels embarking on adventures, falling in love and breaking records. They sound like a gang of social media influencers and young rising Hollywood stars. But nearly all of them are over 70 years old. 

In this series, Miriam Margolyes meets a new wave of seniors who are ripping up the rulebook when it comes to ageing, to learn what they can teach us about living life to the full, whether you’re 19 or 90.

A Novel production for Audible Originals. 

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

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  • Rebecca
  • 31-05-21

Such wonderful stories

Loved hearing the stories of these interesting and unique people. Inspirational, all of them. Thanks Miriam for finding them and sharing with us all.

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  • M. Cusack
  • 28-05-21

Loved this!

Still to really get into podcasts, but if anything could engage me it's this all too brief series of relatively short ones hosted by the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes.

She has a beautiful voice, clear as a bell with a lovely tone, very easy to listen to and engaging.
However, this is not all about her: indeed, in most of the episodes the first voice we hear is that of the guest - unless of course a "grown-up language" and adult themes warning is needed at the start!

Miriam's real strength is that she lets her remarkable guests tell their stories with only occasional guiding questions, observations and commentary, just enough of the latter warmly provided for context, to illuminate where necessary.

Her genuine warmth and admiration for these people band their achievements in later life enfolds every episode and adds to the listener's pleasure.

The guests featured definitely demonstrate that life doesn't stop at sixty, nor do you have to resign yourself to slippers, fireside and shrinking from view. They've all achieved quite extraordinary things in later life, from rowing round the world, to finding a truly unexpected way to cover debts left behind by a deserting husband!

I just hope Miriam produces more.

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  • nev kidd
  • 28-05-21

A wonderful series of conversations

Each of the people that converse with the delightful Miriam Margolyes are truly remarkable, they are interesting, inspirational and bloody nice people one and all.
I would recommend this series to everyone!!

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  • Dorothy Bond
  • 25-05-21

Very enjoyable

Love Miriam's voice, enjoy listening to stories about people and their experiences. recommend this podcast.

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  • Jacky
  • 22-06-21

Inspiring, amazing short life story really good

How inspiring are these short life achievement goes to prove you can do anything if you put your mind to it, regardless of how old you are, narration just added to the enjoyment

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-21

amazing! completed in a day - please make more!

interesting, insightful, witty and well put together.

please make more of these! 5 stars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-21

Great listen

Loved it.
Very engaging and fun. would love to hear more inspiring stories. These are short and sweet and I am glad I chose to listen.

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  • 40 quid down
  • 11-07-21

Great listening

Loved it

You will never be disappointed with the eclectic mix and Marion s prompting

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  • Jodie
  • 09-07-21

Wonderfully Miriam

I should start by disclosing that I’m a huge fan of Miriam Margolyes, I think she’s everything women would be if the patriarchy didn’t spend generations telling woman their role in life.

This podcast is unapologetically Miriam at her best. A little bit cheeky, supportive of the those who would otherwise be ostracised or criticised by society and just hilarious. Miriam has a wonderful way of normalising the chaos of life and through her work here she has created a space for people to talk openly. I love it!!! Well done.

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  • T. Chartered
  • 06-07-21

inspiring

loved this. let no one tell you you're over the hill. age is just a number. listen to these stories and be inspired

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  • Ellie
  • 05-07-21

Simply fantastic!

These are the perfect length to capture and hold the interest of the listener. Some truly inspirational older people with bits that made me laugh, cry, gasp in shock. Highly recommended

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  • Lisa Robson
  • 09-06-21

Loved it

Thanks audible, a great series. Off to see if she has any other books or podcasts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-21

more please

I love the stories all so different, wonderful storytelling,more australian ones would be nice,loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-21

Inspirational

Loved Miriams voice, interesting stories and inspiring. Can't wait for more. Keep it up Miriam ❤

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  • Emma Kean
  • 29-08-21

Just delightful

Lavender Country triggered happy tears! Miriam has always been, and remains, an inspiration. Thanks so much 🥰

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  • Lydia
  • 22-07-21

Miriam Charming, Guests Charismatic

Loved hearing from these folk, about half of whom I had read about but not heard their stories in their own words, and the difference that makes is everything. Just loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-21

Amazing

Beautiful positive full of life series!!!!! I’m not 40 yet but Im feeling exited to growing old 😊😍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-21

Very entertaining

Each episode was unique, very easy to listen to. A reminder that everyone has a story to tell and how different we all are.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-21

Funny and engaging

I loved it and was left wanting more. Miriam was an excellent storyteller and narrator. I hope there's another installment to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-21

Miriam you are an inspiration!

I enjoyed this podcast and the interesting people you interviewed. Looking forward to your next!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-06-21

Insprational

Don't hold back.
Your never too old to live your dream life, just do it!