Why it’s never too late to change your life


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'I am immersed in a new world that feels a long way from my old one. Though I've not been re-invented, what has happened is just as radical and a lot more interesting: I am being re-educated.'

Lucy Kellaway had a comfortable life. For years she had the same prestigious job, the same husband, and the same home. To the casual observer, she was both happy and successful. But one day, Lucy began to realise that the life she had built for herself no longer suited her. Was it too late to start again?

The answer was no - so she proceeded to tear down both marriage and career, and went back to school. Retraining as a teacher, Lucy discovers there is a world of new possibilities awaiting her - and learns that you can teach an old dog new tricks (providing they are willing to un-learn a few old ones along the way).

A witty and moving story of one woman's pursuit of a new life, Re-educated is a celebration of education's power to transform our lives at any age, and an essential companion for anyone facing the joy - and pain - of starting again.

© Lucy Kellaway 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


  • This is a beautifully told story of courage, determination and, above all, magnificent defiance.
    Alan Johnson

About the author

Lucy Kellaway

Lucy Kellaway is an English writer and teacher. For over twenty years, she was an observer of the peculiarities of corporate culture in her column for the Financial Times, before retraining as a teacher. She is a co-founder of the educational charity Now Teach and lives in London.
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