Joyous, Irresistible: Read an Extract from Joanna Nell’s The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home

Joyous, Irresistible: Read an Extract from Joanna Nell’s The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home

Prologue

The anaesthetist’s breath smelled of instant coffee and skipped meals. A dormant surgical mask hung beneath his chin as playfully, he invited her to count backwards with him.

Ten.
Nine.
They were on eight when she noticed the doctor’s missing tooth. When performing the pre-operative checks, he’d asked her to open her mouth and peered in as if appraising an old horse. Perhaps she should have done the same. Surely if he were any good, he could afford to visit a dentist? Or was he so good, so in demand, that he couldn’t spare the time?

Seven.

This whole thing was terribly inconvenient. The ladder had seemed sturdy enough when she tested it, shaking the uprights against the russet trunk of the old Angophora tree. It had hardly been used. She remembered her father buying it to evict a possum from the roof. She’d begged him to let it stay. She didn’t mind the scratching and the scuffling at night, she’d told him, found it a comfort even. But the following morning the bewildered creature was in the cage and sent off to be re-homed, or so she had been told. That was nearly eighty years ago. Things simply weren’t built to last anymore. Ladders and hips alike. Both rotten and crumbling with age.

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                    Publisher details

                    The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home
                    Author
                    Joanna Nell
                    Publisher
                    Hachette
                    Genre
                    Fiction
                    Released
                    27 October, 2020
                    ISBN
                    9780733642869

                    Synopsis

                    The joyous, charming and utterly irresistible new novel from the author of mega-bestseller The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement VillageAt 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 carpark, 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.
                    Joanna Nell
                    About the author

                    Joanna Nell

                    Joanna Nell was born in the UK and studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford universities. Her short fiction has won multiple awards and has been published in various journals and literary anthologies. A former ship's doctor and now a GP with a passion for women's health and care of the elderly, Joanna is drawn to writing character-driven stories for women in their prime, creating young-at-heart characters who are not afraid to break the rules and defy society's expectations of ageing. Her first novel, THE SINGLE LADIES OF JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE, was a national bestseller. Joanna lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches with her husband and two teenage children.

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                      I’ve loved reading “The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village “
                      This looks just as great

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