Carolyn Lazarus

About Carolyn Lazarus

This is the author biography the late, great Carolyn Lazarus (1960-2015), founder of totally4women wrote for herself. Her words are typically self-effacing and humorous... 'Well at 50 I looked 40 and at 54 I look 99...someone explain that to me if they would. In addition I am, allegedly, a woman with little or indeed no sense of chic. Shy by nature or nurture it is difficult to say but it is what I am at heart. When I was 14 my mum bought me, “The Shy Person's Book" ...if you are a shy person this can be a difficult title to deal with every morning when you pass by your bookshelf. I like to run, nothing funny to say about this, it's just what I like to do. So that's me in a nutshell. It remains to say that I love my husband (long - suffering), my children (totally bored) and my parents (concerned).'

Career women: Jane Porter, family lawyer

Career women: Jane Porter, family lawyer

We talk to successful career women. We seek the views of successful career women on life, work, family and everything! This month we talk to Jane Porter, a highly successful family lawyer who runs the family law department at Lester Aldridge. Lester Aldridge LLP is a nationally recognised law firm with offices in London, Bournemouth […]

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Inspiring things to do: rock climbing

Inspiring things to do: rock climbing

Wilderness is not a luxury, it is essential for the human spirit. I hardly sleep… “another suitcase, another hall” … it’s a little how this holiday in the canyon lands of Arizona and Utah is feeling. I have been longing for total immersion in the stark, stunning and extraordinary landscape of the desert but my […]

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Iris: A night at the cinema

Iris: A night at the cinema

“If only Hereford had a better cinema,” bemoaned my husband with a heavy heart and not for the first time. Being a Londoner he grew up on takeaway kebabs and going to the cinema whereas for me the first was unheard of and the second such a rare treat that I can remember each and […]

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Film review: Skin

Film review: Skin

Skin is a wonderful British/South African film made in 2008. It focuses on the huge complexities of being born mixed race to white parents in South Africa during the apartheid era and is based on the true story of Sandra Laing. The fortunes of the main character do not make for happy reading; she is […]

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Germaine Greer on ‘The Disappearing Woman’

Germaine Greer on ‘The Disappearing Woman’

Germaine Greer talks to a packed out Birmingham Literature Festival theatre. I imagine any time spent in the company of Germaine Greer is unpredictable and occasionally frustrating, and this evening at the Birmingham Literature Festival was no exception. I was not of course alone with the great lady – the studio theatre in the library […]

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Becoming a magistrate

Becoming a magistrate

Carolyn Lazarus talks about her appointment to the Herefordshire Bench. There are some things in life that don’t bear thinking about. Consider my application for the post of magistrate on the Herefordshire Bench. My mind had been idle since the birth of my daughter and she was now in full-time education. What could I do […]

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Sun loungers, parasols and a misunderstanding

Sun loungers, parasols and a misunderstanding

Some holiday kindness goes a long way We are at our familiar hotel in the Algarve in Portugal and so far nothing is letting us down, nothing is concerning us…bar, that is, the question of sun loungers and parasols. Do we adopt the German system and place towels in position before breakfast, after breakfast, during […]

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The conspiracy of menopause

The conspiracy of menopause

From childbirth to menopause: why do women keep quiet about these most profound of life experiences? “Why does no one tell you what it’s like?” exclaimed one of my more literary friends and colleagues in North Oxford one sunny morning. Over instant coffee in odd chipped mugs in my modern square patch of townhouse garden […]

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The choices we make

The choices we make

As women – wives, mothers, daughters, partners, grandmothers – we all make choices…what choice did you make? Only now, far away from the stress, anxiety and messy desk, do I feel able  even to start writing about this project, this great ambition, this crazy inspiration to join all us like-minded women, us much overlooked energetic […]

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