Celia Dodd
Journalist and author of books on Retirement and the Empty Nest
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I’ve written four books:

Not Fade Away: How to thrive in retirement (Green Tree/Bloomsbury 2018)

The Empty Nest (Piatkus 2011)

Wind of Change (with the photographer John Bulmer, Bluecoat Press 2014)

Conversations with Mothers & Daughters (Optima 1990)





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‘The road to retirement is plagued with potholes. This wonderful, comforting book examines every aspect – social, spiritual, recreational, financial, from pastimes and pensions to relationships, health and happiness – and offers expert knowledge and colourful, road-tested advice. And it works. A life-changing triumph!’
Mark Ellen, writer and broadcaster

‘As a child of the 60s, ambitious and career driven, I needed to read this book. I now no longer fear life’s next chapter but instead I’m shouting “Bring it on!”’
Jo Good, BBC Radio London

‘At last – an authentic and connecting book from an author who shares how to be inspired after 60 – a definitive and rather rocking “go to” guide.’
Helen Lederer, comedian and actor


Guardian Weekend magazine

'Life keeps evolving': six ways to have a happy retirement

Daily Mail

How to stop working and start living! CELIA DODD reveals how to tackle the biggest life-change of all, that so many struggle with

CELIA-DODD says you can fall in love when it's just the two of you

How to keep your brain young - just keep moving! CELIA DODD reveals the ultimate guide to a golden retirement

The i

How to have a happy retirement: the secrets to thriving when you retire


I started my working life editing non-fiction books, first at Weidenfeld and then Bodley Head children’s books. I still edit books on a freelance basis, and I love working with other authors to help organise their material from the early stages onwards.