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A timely, provocative debate book about the way we are ageing and how we think about age

Does the age you feel match the age you are? Are you slowing down? Have you planned for your later-life needs?

If you answer ‘yes’ to more than one of these questions, you are probably not amortal. But this book will tell you how amortals are reshaping your world. More than one ‘no’ means you are probably amortal. This book is the first portrait of your kind.

Amortality describes and analyses the revolution in the way we are ageing and how we think about age. Today we can expect to live longer and healthier lives. Puberty comes earlier but women are having children later. Populations are getting older yet the cult of youth is more potent than ever. Many of us still expect to retire at 60, although, for most, a third of our lives is still to come.

Amortality explores the significant – and growing – numbers who live at much the same pitch, doing and consuming the same things, from teens or twenties right up until death. These amortals are redefining the way we live at all ages and stages of life.

Drawing together personal stories and the latest scientific research, this is the first-ever exploration of amortality: to the forces that created it and the unstoppable force it is becoming.


Brilliantly documents The End of Growing Up

Oliver James

Clever, witty and absorbing, Amortality is a much-needed anatomy of our profound malaise about ageing. Its charms will never fade.

David Baddiel

A smart, entertaining and winningly astringent look at a very important topic

William Gibson, Bestselling science-fiction author

Mayer has most acutely struck a nerve. Extraordinarily revealing.

Jon Snow, Broadcaster

This spooky sounding condition turns out to be very nice, I'm definitely hoping I've got it'

Matthew Collings, Artist and Cultural Commentator

A freewheeling, ferociously entertaining look at how we cling to our youth. Unforgettable stuff.

Tony Parsons

I used to think the dimmer switch was the best anti-ageing product, but in this wise and witty book Mayer proves that ageing is a thing of the past

Kathy Lette

Witty, pithy and wise... A relief to know we'll never pass our amuse by dates

Kathe Lette

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 1, 2011


    304 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2011

    Ebury Digital

    304 pages

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