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~ Posted by Georgia Grimond, October 22nd 2013
Age, they say, is but a number—but of all the ages, which is the best to be? In our last Big Question, we asked six writers to choose their ideal time of life. Readers were asked to cast their vote online, either endorsing our writers’ choices or making their own. Their answer? Somewhere in the middle.
When the results came in, the biographer Michael Holroyd’s pitch—that life is best at 40—won the most votes (38%). When he was 40, he said, he was on his "gap year", succumbing to the pace of Irish life in Dublin, while researching his book about George Bernard Shaw. Robert Guest, United States editor of The Economist, chose his gap year too. When he was 18, he was working dead-end jobs, embarking on adventures and relishing his own immortality. In our poll, 20% of voters were equally misty-eyed for that stage. The novelist Penelope Lively, who is in her 80s, had more years to choose from than most. "Don't worry, you 40-somethings," she wrote, "the best is yet to be." In her view it's 55, and 9% of readers agreed.
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~ Posted by Nicholas Barber, August 3rd 2012
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