The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home (Paperback)
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The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 24/06/2021
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'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

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529349320
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
PRAISE FOR THE GREAT ESCAPE FROM WOODLANDS NURSING HOME
I adored this funny yet moving story about home, friendship, and what it means to live. Poignant and warm-hearted, it's a tonic for our times. I was truly sad to say goodbye to these spirited and endearing characters. * Holly Miller, author of THE SIGHT OF YOU *
Tender and funny * Woman & Home *
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. A book that shows it is never too late to learn how to live, to make new friends and to fall in love. * Libby Page, author of The Lido *
A warm and touching story with a cast of characters who became my friends - I loved The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village with all its wit, wisdom and spirit * Katie Marsh, author of The Rest of Me *
The perfect blend of funny and moving; Peggy Smart had me laughing and crying in this ultimately uplifting story * Natasha Lester, author of The Paris Seamstress *
A funny and poignant exploration of growing old disgracefully and enjoying your twilight years. * Culturefly *

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“Spellbindingly Good!”

Miss Hattie Bloom, 89, has a bad fall that sees her spending time in Woodlands Nursing Home. Struggling to cope with the loss of her independence, she gazes out of her bedroom window each day, with its view of the... More

Hardback edition
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“Lovely view of life in a care home”

Hattie has lived alone all her life, so it comes as a shock when she’s moved into a care home after having a bad fall. She gets to meet more people than she wants to, and is desperate to get back to her only real... More

Hardback edition
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“Fabulous read”

Miss Hattie Bloom is nearly ninety and fiercely independent, having enjoyed her life as a nature writer, living alone and feeling more comfortable with birds than people. Hattie has lived in her home all her life, the... More

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