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The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home: Another gorgeously uplifting novel from the author of the bestselling THE SINGLE LADIES OF JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE
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The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home: Another gorgeously uplifting novel from the author of the bestselling THE SINGLE LADIES OF JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE (Paperback)

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Synopsis

'Poignant and warm-hearted . . . a tonic for our times.' - Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You



At nearly ninety, retired nature writer Hattie Bloom prefers the company of birds to people, but when a fall lands her in a nursing home she struggles to cope with the loss of independence and privacy. From the confines of her 'room with a view' - of the car park! - she dreams of escape.



Fellow 'inmate', the gregarious, would-be comedian Walter Clements also plans on returning home as soon as he is fit and able to take charge of his mobility scooter.



When Hattie and Walter officially meet at The Night Owls, a clandestine club run by Sister Bronwyn and her dog, Queenie, they seem at odds. But when Sister Bronwyn is dismissed over her unconventional approach to aged care, they must join forces - and very slowly, an unlikely, unexpected friendship begins to grow.



Full of wisdom and warmth, The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home is a gorgeously poignant, hilarious story showing that it is never too late to laugh - or to love.



Praise for Joanna Nell:



'Hugely entertaining . . . funny and heart-warming' Woman & Home



'A gentle, warm-hearted book that had me rooting for all the characters and laughing out loud at points' LIBBY PAGE, author of The Lido



'A warm and touching story with a cast of characters who became my friends' - Katie Marsh, author of THE REST OF ME



'The perfect blend of funny and moving' - Natasha Lester, author of THE PARIS SEAMSTRESS



'A funny and poignant exploration of growing old disgracefully and enjoying your twilight years.' - Culturefly

Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: 29/04/2021 ISBN-13: 9781529349320  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Joanna Nell was born in the Midlands and graduated from Oxford University with a medical degree in 1991. In 2003 she moved to Australia where she now works as a GP with a passion for women's health and care of the elderly. Joanna writes character-driven stories of self-discovery for women of a certain age, creating young-at-heart characters who break the rules and defy society's expectations. She lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches with her husband and two children.

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Customer Reviews

Having read and enjoyed The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village, I've been looking forward to this one! Hattie Bloom is dismayed to be forced to convalesce after a fall; she has lived in her cottage surrounded by wildlife all her life and really doesn't fancy being stuck in a nursing home and dreams of 'breaking out'. Walter Clements is already a resident in the home and all that stops him from returning home is the red tape preventing him from using his mobility scooter. When they meet Sister Bronwyn's and Queenie, her dog, at the unconventional club, The Night Owls, Hattie and Walter don't really get on but when Bronwyn loses her job, they need to work together and a friendship takes it's first tentative steps. As with her previous novel, Joanna Nell reminds us all that getting older doesn't mean stopping living and there is never a dull moment! A great story, packed with memorable characters and beautifully written, this is a book which will also prod at the conscience of anyone who regards the elderly as having nothing to offer in today's world. This is such good fun but with an undertone of reality throughout. There are some very poignant moments, adding up to a very good read and one I'm happy to give four stars.

- 07/01/2021
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