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The Lady in the Van meets The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in this uplifting, funny and moving debut novel about a 79-year-old hoarder who is convinced the world is against her.

79-year-old Gloria Frensham is a hoarder. She lives amongst piles of magazines, cardboard boxes and endless knickknacks that are stacked into every room of her home and teeter in piles along the landing and up the stairs.

She hasn’t left the house in years, but when a sudden smell of burning signifies real danger, she is forced to make a sudden departure and leave behind her beloved possessions.

Determined she’s not ready for a care home, Gloria sets out to discover what life still has to offer her. It’s time to navigate the outside world on her own, one step at a time, with just one very small suitcase in tow....

Heartwarming and poignant in equal measure, this is a story about the loneliness of life, the struggles of growing old, the power of kindness and the bravery it takes to leave our comfort zones.

©2019 Jane Gilley (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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There aren't very many stories with an 80 year old heroine that have come to my attention. I was worried at the beginning that it was going to be a downer but it was far from it. A good and positive story.

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  • 02-22-21

Lovely, funny, easy listen

A beautifully narrated book.

The characters came to life for me, and I laughed out loud listening to this lovely tale.

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  • Suzannah Rockett
  • 04-12-20

Simply a beautiful read

How lovely to read about older people who have character, the story was interesting and warm, thoughtful witty and at time a little sad.

All the characters were very much alive. I really enjoyed reading about the trials of becoming older and the fun that is still to be had.

It tell the take of Gloria who finds out it’s never to late to make life changing decisions or to get a pair of balls.

Throughly enjoyable 😀😀😀