There are a lot of things I like about Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books. I love the way she writes about the sad important things: life and death and family and loss (subjects made for a country music soundtrack). I love that in Started Early, Took My Dog Jackson has turned 50. Listen to this: "His definition of elderly had changed as he himself had moved nearer to the event horizon of death." What an absolutely brilliant metaphor.
And I love the way she tells you what music Jackson is listening to.
I used to work in the music business. Now I have a normal job. I used to live in an edgy, arty northern city. Now I live in middle England. I used to be young. Now I'm starting to show my age...
I am actually still the same person.
Some say that middle age is a journey. Sometimes, going through your forties - or turning fifty - feels more like a roller-coaster. But just tell yourself this: I may be old, but I saw all the cool bands.