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The joyous, charming and utterly irresistible new novel from the author of mega-best seller The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village.

At nearly 90, 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 carpark, she dreams of escape.

A 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.

©2020 Joanna Nell (P)2020 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

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Very entertaining and enlightening

The feelings of those in retirement homes was captured realistically. Even though the book addresses this topic, it doesn't dominate in a negative way. I was entertained and laughed out loud . I feel the demographic of the reader should be old enough (in my sixties) to appreciate both the humor and the subject matter of the elderly.

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  • 04-12-21

Just Lovely

Lovely gentle story about connection and respect during the changes that happen with ageing. The author presents a picture of hope for all of us.

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  • janne gordon
  • 03-14-21

A wonderful read.

I loved the story and brilliantly narrated too.
I work in an aged care facility and could relate to many of the characters. The Night Owl concept is also an innovative idea - if only there were the extra staff to to ensure success.
Our elders deserve better and staff do their best and the book highlights these facts in a gentle, poignant manner while telling the story of a relationship between 2 nursing home residents.

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  • 10-31-20

Pure Delight

As always Joanna has delivered a pure delight. Narration by Julie fantastic. Thank you xxx