Get­ting most out of life

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - ROGER HAN­SON The au­thors are of­fer­ing a spe­cial on the book for Sun­day mag­a­zine read­ers, to find out more visit www.age­ing­with­at­ti­

ANEW book aimed at post- war baby boomers was partly in­spired, the au­thors say, by their trip to Tas­ma­nia. Derek Evans and Mary Evans Young’s book, Age­ing with At­ti­tude: A Guide For Baby Boomers Not Ready To Hang Up Their Boots, is based on the premise that, on aver­age, baby boomers can ex­pect a 20- year longer life span than their par­ents’ gen­er­a­tion.

This poses the ques­tion of spend­ing this ex­tra time in a mean­ing­ful and re­ward­ing way.

The Tas­ma­nian con­nec­tion is with Janet, the author Derek’s sis­ter, who moved from busy Lon­don to far north- west agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity Smith­ton in the 1970s with her hus­band Don­ald Brit­ton, from an es­tab­lished tim­ber busi­ness fam­ily.

Dur­ing the au­thors’ sec­ond trip to Aus­tralia to visit the Brit­tons in 2009, they spent part of their time re­search­ing their book.

They fell in love with Tas­ma­nia, just as sis­ter Janet had pre­dicted.

“Tas­ma­nia is fab­u­lous, a stun­ningly beau­ti­ful coun­try with peo­ple to match,” Derek said.

“We met to­tal strangers who were friendly and opened their homes to us. We ate some de­li­cious food and sam­pled fab­u­lous wines, and we even got to ride in a 1936 Chevro­let, owned by potato farm­ers Rod­ney and Chris­tine, near Stan­ley.”

Dur­ing the trip they were guests of Peter and Kerry Wells, in Ho­bart, and were in­tro­duced to the finer ele­ments of mut­ton birds cooked on a makeshift bar­be­cue in the back­yard.

Brother- in- law Don­ald ar­ranged a day on Rob­bins Is­land off the North- West Coast and the au­thors were bowled over with the soli­tude, the is­land land­scapes and the dra­matic na­ture of the beach cross­ing to the main­land at low tide.

“We tasted wagyu beef for the first time, were in­tro­duced to the de­lights of abalone and at­tempted to learn how to surf,” Derek said. “It was it in­spi­ra­tional.” Mary, who is a broad­caster in the UK, said stay­ing in a re­mote beach house near Mar­rawah on the North- West Coast al­lowed you to get closer to na­ture.

“Walk­ing along beau­ti­ful de­serted, wind swept beaches, puts things in per­spec­tive and I hon­estly did feel a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion with na­ture and the uni­verse as a whole,” Mary said. “In our book we urge our read­ers to find their true selves and iden­tify what they re­ally want from this part of their lives, and to get it. Tas­ma­nia gave me the space and tran­quil­lity to clar­ify some of those thoughts for me.

Age­ing with At­ti­tude cov­ers many top­ics of in­ter­est to baby boomers and oth­ers from per­sonal fulfi lment, health and life­style, op­ti­mism, cre­ativ­ity, re­la­tion­ships, time, spir­i­tu­al­ity and death, and is re­ceiv­ing five- star re­views on Ama­zon.

Mary and Derek are plan­ning to re­turn to Aus­tralia next year.

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