I’m Lynn Farley-Rose and I’m insatiably fascinated by the things that people do to cope when life gets tough.
My first book 31 Treats And A Marriage, tells the story of what I did to cope after being blown apart and feeling worthless. I learned to be grateful for ‘treats’. What I’m talking about are the experiences that we always mean to try but don’t make time for. I made a list of things I longed to do. Almost a bucket list… but not quite. Instead of ‘things to do before I die’ these were things to help me re-connect with life. I let each one have its moment and they taught me surprising and wonderful things. Horse riding…the collected stories of Saki…extravagant Italian cookery… New York… late night jazz…the social history of Port Sunlight…
Click here to read the article about 31 Treats And A Marriage on the BBC Arts Website.
My second book The Interview Chain is a series of conversations—each interviewee was asked to nominate someone they admire as the next link. Starting from a casual conversation on a boat on the Thames, the chain wended its way for over 23,000 miles, alighting on three continents and gathering up personal perspectives on issues that really matter in the world today. The interviewees include a theatre director, a rabbi, a philanthropist, a sculptor, a New York Mayoral candidate, a pioneering documentary maker, and a man who rescues giant trees. Some have worked in challenging places—Kabul in the time of the Taliban, a Romanian orphanage, immigration detention centres, remote Indian villages—while others have found themselves caught up in extraordinary situations such as the Rwandan genocide, the Ferguson uprising, and the UN Climate Change Negotiations.
This is the most lovely approach to tell social change stories that I have read about ever, and it is an overwhelming honor to be part of this book.
Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador to the American Jewish World Service and former New York City political leader.
8 thoughts on “About Me”
I love this idea of the blog Lynn! As well as the theme of the treats, we do indeed all need them. It is a type of mindfulness in a way, not letting the moments go by without paying attention, not letting life go by without listening to our desires and making them come true.
It’s good to know others go through the same and survive!
But there are the subtleties of different levels of survival….I’m going to try the one ‘by treats’ 🙂
Well done Lynn! I believe in treats. I look so forward to your book and thank you for sharing your story!
Thank you for the post card, lovely design. Who did it? Quite excited to read about your book. Will definitely get one. Mary B-James
Borrowed your book from Mum and read on holiday with my sister Sarah. Loved the book. In tears at times and heart went out to you Lynn, but so positive and insightful and hopeful. I’m very proud of my compost making abilities too!!!! I want to buy the book to keep for my self and to buy for friends and nieces too.
All the best Lynn and so glad you found a new love. Mary
Thanks so much Mary. Glad you enjoyed it and that we bond over compost making!!
I have just completed your inspiring “31 Treats and a Marriage” and I just wanted to thank you. I’m 25 and am signed off sick from work which is a very upsetting time for me – I love my job as a teacher. Thankfully your story has given me the strength I needed and I have since compiled my own list; albeit only 15 treats to start with! So thank you for inspiring me and keeping me sane!
Thank you for this message. I’m so delighted that you found the book helpful. That was my wish in writing it – that the story would resonate with some people. I do hope that your difficult time is over soon and that you can get back to work. Also that you find your treats as enjoyable and subtly life-changing as some of mine were. Thanks again for taking the trouble to write. Lynn