Growing Old Outrageously

Elisabeth Davies Hilary Linstead

RRP: £5.99

1 January 2017

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781925575361

Two old school friends reconnect unexpectedly after thirty-five years and discover that they both love travelling – and the more exotic and far-flung the location, the better! Not having a clue whether they will get along, the eccentric pair embark on a trial journey to Morocco. That tentative beginning has turned into a series of wonderfully unusual holidays, and Hil and Liz have been circumnavigating the globe ever since.

Among many other destinations, they have taken in Marrakech, Fez and the Atlas Mountains; Patagonia and the Galapagos Islands; Istanbul and Cappadocia. They’ve been on safari in Namibia, Botswana and the Serengeti, attended music festivals in Naples and Prague and made a pilgrimage to the western isles of Mull and Iona. Along the way they have encouraged, enraged and entertained each other, while living through countless adventures.

This is a book for thrillseekers and armchair travellers alike, a celebration of friendship and laughter – and an inspiration for anyone who’s longed to venture outside their comfort zone and travel to exotic places.


A fun, fast-moving, feel-good memoir.
The Sunday Times

Talk about the Change of Life. You'll never be the same after reading this. Batty but brilliant Hilary and Liz insist we follow them to the ends of the earth. We get recipes, an intelligent travel book and a lesson in Living. These two very different old friends travelled everywhere honestly and thoughtfully. It's completely original - insightful, moving and very funny, a glorious experience proving for always, that if you seize the day and have the courage, you need never grow old.Miriam Margolyes

A gem of a light-hearted real-life read.
Western Daily Press (Press Association review)