Séamas O’Reilly: When I was a kid, mid-life crises were something men did on TV and I wanted in

If anyone was owed a mid-life crisis, it was my dad, and yet the craziest thing he did in his middle age was get really into genealogy

Society’s male-led culture has led men to believe we’re born to inhabit some grand, world-shaking role of incredible importance

The mass of men”, wrote Henry David Thoreau, “live lives of quiet desperation”, and while I might quibble on the “quiet” part, it’s true a lot of us do yearn for something more. His words have been used as shorthand for the foibles and frustrations of ageing men ever since, a siren call to that peculiar phenomenon known as the “midlife crisis”. Even the term does seem quite hopeful – indeed, some people are having ...