Helen Walmsley-Johnson

Helen Walmsley-Johnson

Helen Walmsley-Johnson is a journalist and author who writes as the Invisible Woman. She has a weekly style column for older women which she writes for the Guardian. Her first book, The Invisible Woman: Taking on the Vintage Years, is out now. @TheVintageYear


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A Month in The Countryside

Spiders, spiders, everywhere, and Helen Walmsley-Johnson needs a drink. Will a “spider safari” at the local bird fair help quell our columnist’s terror?
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Safety in numbers?

Many of us have had an alarming experience on a train, maybe worse. Would Women Only carriages solve the problem? Helen Walmsley-Johnson took a look.
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A Month in The Countryside

Nervous blackbirds, stupid lambs and randy shrubbery have driven rural Rutland to the brink of midsummer madness. Helen Walmsley-Johnson, naturally, is tickled pink.
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I like my face – lines and all

Nothing is going to convince Helen Walmsley-Johnson to buy your snake oil. Not even Helen Mirren.
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My Brilliant Careers

Forty years after she first entered the workplace, Helen Walmsley-Johnson reflects on a lifetime of telling convention to bugger off.
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This single life

Life on her own suits Helen Walmsley-Johnson. Things stay where she puts them, for one thing.
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A Month In The Countryside

As spring continues to bounce through Rutland, Helen Walmsley-Johnson finds her beloved country walks accompanied by dancing hares, helicoptering quail and a startlingly combative ewe.
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A Month In The Countryside

Spring has bounced through Rutland and Helen Walmsley-Johnson couldn’t be keener. Just don’t mention the squirrel. (Or the nurse with the pamphlet.)
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A Month In The Countryside

From mysterious frosty footprints to a ghostly encounter with a guffawing yokel, Helen Walmsley-Johnson ponders the spookier side of country living.
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A Month In The Countryside

In her first column on the highs and lows of life in rural Rutland, Helen Walmsley-Johnson salutes the confidence and advanced circus skills of the local mice.