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Insight gained with maturity: author Marian Keyes marked her recent 60th birthday with ten pearls of advice

Last week, the author Marian Keyes turned 60. She marked the occasion by offering ten pieces of wisdom acquired over those years. These included a reminder that life is short and we should “do the thing now” and that “if you like a stranger’s nails or bag or look, tell them”.

She sagely noted that “most people only have two or three real friends, if they’re lucky”, and that “if you are trapped in addiction, ...