How to Survive Old Age

Tongue-In-Cheek Advice and Cheeky Illustrations about Getting Older

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • Price: £6.99
  • Publication date: 10 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787830318

About the book

Be yourself and wear your wrinkles proudly with the help of this humorous collection of observations and illustrations on how to survive old age. 

 For years, you wanted to be treated like a proper adult, but now you’re on a downhill slippery slope to a grand old age and you can’t seem to find the brakes. You need expert survival advice, such as: 

  • Don’t call anyone under 40 “young man” or “young lady”.
  • Do remember where your glasses, keys and wallet are to avoid raised eyebrows from family members.
  • Don’t wear a tartan rug over your knees on a car journey.
  • Do make an effort to learn all the songs in the top ten. 

This mischievous little book will help you enjoy your latter years without worrying about what anyone else thinks. After all, the best things in life are old: vintage wine, golden oldies – you’re now part of an elite club. Enjoy!

About the author

Mike Haskins is a writer and researcher who has worked on TV providing scripts for everyone from Simon Pegg to Christopher Biggins. He has worked on radio series featuring Des O’Connor, Bruce Forsyth and Brian Eno (although sadly not all at the same time). He has worked for many years with Griff Rhys Jones and has written (or co-written) a vast pile of books including the bestselling joke collection Man Walks Into A Bar.


Clive Whichelow is a journalist and comedy writer. He has written for Rory Bremner, Jonathan Ross, Spitting Image and many others as well as for The Mail on Sunday, the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror.

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