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We are delighted that

Dr Lucy Pollock

Author of ‘The Book About Getting Older (for people who don’t want to talk about it)’ and Somerset NHS Consultant Geriatrician

Will be giving a talk at an event to celebrate International Older Persons Day with all profits going to Age UK Somerset supported by Brendon Books Taunton Literary Festival 2021

at   St James’s Church, Taunton, TA1 1JS

on  Friday 1st October 2021 at 7.30pm


Many of us are living to a great age. How do we give those we love, and ourselves, lives that are not only long, but are as happy and healthy as possible?

The Book About Getting Older (for people who don’t want to talk about it) gives us answers to both the questions we can voice - and those that we can't.

Questions such as:

  • How do we ask whether it's worth taking seven different medicines?
  • Is it normal to find you're falling out of love with someone, as they disappear into dementia?
  • Should Dad still be driving, and if not, who can stop him?
  • When does fierce independence become bad behaviour?
  • How do you navigate near-impossible discussions around resuscitation?
  • And who decides what happens when we become ill?


A long life should be embraced and celebrated, but it's not all easy. Yet even the most challenging situation can be helped by the right conversation.

Serious, funny, kind, knowledgeable and empowering, this readable book guides us towards the essential conversations about getting older that go straight to the heart of what matters most.

Lucy Pollock trained in medicine at Cambridge and at Bart's Hospital, and worked as a junior doctor in East London before moving to Somerset, where since 2001 she has been a consultant specialising in the care of those who are frail and elderly.


Now more than ever, we need to talk about getting older.

“I was one of those people who didn’t want to talk about getting older!  But I read this book and I’m so glad I did!”


Tickets are limited to aid social distancing and must be booked in advance

The book about getting olderTicket Prices

Standard price:      £12
Concessions:          £8 (NHS Staff, over 70s and Age UK Somerset Volunteers)

To book tickets:

In person:   Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton
call:            01823 337742
or online:    

(Booking fee for online orders)

Book Tickets here

If you’d like to come but cost is an issue please get in touch.  


Come to listen, learn and ask your own questions at our event ‘An evening with Dr Lucy Pollock’ on Friday 1st October, 7.30pm at St James’s Church, Taunton.