Book Launch: Peak

On Friday 10th March, Opposition Leader, The Honourable Bill Shorten, officially launched the book Peak: Reinventing Middle Age, by authors Patricia and Don Edgar – researchers, policy analysts and age advocates

Peak Launch

Image: From left - Jane Pearson, senior editor Text Publishing, Don Edgar, Bill Shorten, Patricia Edgar & Michael Heyward, publisher at Text Publishing

The book is published by Text Publishing and was launched at the Wheeler’s Centre in Melbourne and attended by around 80 people.

The meticulously referenced book is divided into two parts with the first part discussing the concept of Reinvention: Living with Longevity, while the second part introduces The Reinventors, including several case studies of people who have reinvented themselves throughout their mid-life due to a variety of circumstances including opportunities and tragedy.

For a comprehensive review of this book by Associate Professor Briony Dow, Director of the National Ageing Research Institute, please go to

Shorten launches Peak

Image:The Honourable Bill Shorten launches 'Peak'

[Source: Ruth Williams, Academic Convenor, Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne]