The Panic Years: Charting a course through singlehood, coupledom and childbirth

Nell Frizzell’s new book is a clear-eyed and moving account of how she managed to negotiate the challenges of contemporary womanhood

Nell Frizzell: ‘I wanted to be weighed down by love.’ Picture: Philippa James


The Panic Years: Dates, Doubts and the Mother of All Decisions

By Nell Frizzell

Bantam Press, €21

That women undergo a radical shift in mindset between their mid-20s and early 40s is not exactly a new idea. In fact, the notion that this shift amounts to a personal crisis surrounding jobs, money, property, friends and family has become the very cornerstone of commercial fiction.

Non-fiction titles about this transformational phase are published almost every ...