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THE BLUE-EYED BOY by Terry Oliver


by Terry Oliver

318 pages
A novel for the over-60's. Living in the 3rd Age.

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About the Book

WARNING! A novel for the over-60s only.

Barney Roper, rising 70, determines to travel to China in his search for answers to his dilemma of how to steer through this stage of his life. Despite his better judgment he persuades Roz, a painter with whom he has become infatuated, to travel with him. But Roz is a woman with a past and it finally catches up with them as they move overland from China to Tibet and Nepal and land in the middle of a political revolution.

Meantime, Barney’s wife, Alice, has been following her new-found freedom to explore her own life, post-60, in London and Rome with her new partner, Heck. They try to escape from the constraints of academia, only to find themselves embroiled in an ill-judged student protest over climate change that threatens to land him in prison and puts her in hospital.

Barney and Alice seem unable to extricate themselves from their past lives despite being half a world apart. Living fully in the 3rd Age makes heavy demands that have them clutching each other for support. But they follow Churchill’s advice: ‘when you’re going through hell – keep going.’


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About the Author
Terry Oliver is a 3rd Age explorer following the paths through this largely uncharted territory for most over-60s. His travels have taken him around the world in search of clues as to how to live in this third stage of life. Growing old is not for sissies, he discovers.



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