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Postcards From Midlife

Parenting, people pleasing & the joy of ageing with Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Season 8, Ep. 7

The kitchen disco queen joins Lorraine and Trish to talk about how she’s stopped being a people pleaser, the sexism she faced in her early career, what it’s like to raise five boys, and why it’s never too late to embrace colour and sparkle. And the midlife duo create the ultimate Gen X playlist with songs that remind them of personal epiphanies. Plus: Would you feed your kids a crisp sandwich?



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