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In Review: Novelist Shirley Conran, 88, answers our health quiz

In Review: Novelist Shirley Conran, 88, answers our health quiz

Novelist Shirley Conran, 88, answers our health quiz

Novelist Shirley Conran, 88, answers our health quiz

Novelist Shirley Conran, 88, answers our health quiz.

CAN YOU TAKE UP THE STAIRS?

Not quite. After having a brain tumor removed in February, I moved from a house to a duplex and walk up and down the stairs every day. Originally I had a cleaner, then I was shut down and on my own. Fortunately, my sons [designer Sebastian, 64, and fashion designer Jasper, 60] live nearby.

DO YOU GET FIVE A DAY?

YES. I always try to eat organic foods and only have fruit for tea.

EVER DIET?

YES, every woman I know has been on a diet. I have no idea how much I weigh and even if I did I wouldn’t say it.

POP ANY PILLS?

I was on a variety of vitamins, but after reading an article recently, I realized I could ditch them and get everything I needed from one multivitamin.

ANY VICE?

I think a gin and tonic after a morning of work is good relaxation.

EVER A PLASTIC SURGERY?

NO. I’ve seen famous beauties on TV with trout pout and I think, “That’s really helpful of them showing us what not to do!”

ANY FAMILY QUALITY?

My mother’s family all lived to 99 years. Unfortunately, my father was an alcoholic and died at the age of 59.

HANDLE PAIN WELL?

Very good. A dentist once told me that I can tolerate 60 percent more pain than the average person.

HAS SOMETHING BEEN REMOVED?

MY BRAIN tumor, which was the size of an orange. Fortunately it was benign. I started feeling unwell last summer – it was the size of an egg back then and they waited to see how fast it would grow.

WORST ILLNESS?

When I was a female editor of the Daily Mail in the late 1960s, I went to the hospital with pneumonia and came out with ME. I was so weak I couldn’t stand it anymore, and I couldn’t take a full-time job anymore. I had to make money, so I wrote my bestseller, Lace.

EVER DEPRESSED?

YES, after I got Sebastian. I was 24 and postpartum depression was not recognized at the time. As soon as I got back to work, I was myself again.

WHAT DOES YOU STOP AT NIGHT?

Anxiety. I couldn’t sleep after my brain surgery and was wondering how I would deal with lockdown.

WORST PHOBIA?

HEIGHTS. I was above it in my 60s, trekking in the Himalayas. We came to a 2ft wide trail with a 75ft drop and had to cross it. I was shaking an hour earlier, but I amazed myself reaching the other side.

LIKE TO LIVE FOREVER?

NO. But I was told that people who had my brain surgery only lived an average of five years and there are so many things I still want to do.

  • Shirley has launched a free online course for teens to learn about money, visit moneystuff.com

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