We are familiar with travelling through different stages of life. The cliched journey being from innocent childhood; to stroppy adolescence; to sensible middle age; to peaceful old age. This book explores law responds to these different stages in life. How it re-enforces or challenges the assumptions made about what it is to be a child or an older person for example. It also considers how to balance the interests we have at one life stage with our interests at another. The is a timely volume given that the categories of childhood and old age are under challenge; and if ever it was possible to predict one's life course, it no longer is now. In the book Jonathan Herring reveals how the law privileges 'middle age' to the detriment of the whole life story and what law can do to address that.