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  • Mrs Winterbottom Takes a Gap Year

  • By: Joanna Nell
  • Narrated by: Jenny Seedsman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Mrs Winterbottom Takes a Gap Year

By: Joanna Nell
Narrated by: Jenny Seedsman
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'Her best yet . . . a wonderful read about growing older and grabbing hold of life' Weekend Australian

'An intriguing, warm-hearted novel challenging age stereotypes' The Australian Women's Weekly

'Warm, insightful and funny . . . celebrates, so well, the treasures that life's later stages can hold' DIANNE YARWOOD


Husband and wife GPs Alan and Heather Winterbottom have worked side by side in their idyllic rural practice for over forty years but now they've decided to hang up their stethoscopes and retire. Joy! Celebration! Or not . . . Heather dreams of exploring the Greek Islands, of escaping the shackles of her routine life. Alan dreams of growing his own vegetables.

When things come to a head at a family lunch, Heather announces that she has decided to take a year off. From her old life, from her marriage - from Alan. Alone in beautiful Greece, Heather embarks on her very own odyssey. But could what's waiting for her back in Netherwood be Heather's biggest adventure yet?


'Brightly written with smart, snappy dialogue and some nice servings of humour' Canberra Weekly

'Takes the reader on a wholesome and hilarious journey from the organic garden beds of Dorset to the sun-kissed islands of Greece . . . this is a story that will leave you smiling' ALI LOWE

'Delightful . . . This is an author who never disappoints. Her gentle intelligence is evident in everything she writes . . . Her observations of the human condition are perspicacious but kind, humorous but never mocking' Living Arts Canberra

'Full of wit' Who Magazine

'A laugh-out-loud holiday read that will make your heart swell' TRACEY SPICER
©2023 Joanna Nell (P)2023 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

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A wonderful love story

I loved this book, I can see myself taking a gap year one day. Recommend listening. Easy to listen to Narration.

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skipped through the last half

I really thought she'd carve her own path. It ended up being quite a let down and as for her husband, what a wet blanket he was. very unliveable as a character, to whom I never warmed. started out with such promise, ended predictably and safely back in the nuclear family model. bah humbug!

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Beautiful tale

This entertaining tale has been a delight from the first chapter until the last. Thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Retirement and Invisibility

I really enjoyed this story, it related to issues in my current life. I related to the medical jargon as income from a medical background. I felt it covered issues of marriage and retirement well and especially highlighted the invisibility of old age as a woman. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audible version.

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Bland

I'm usually a big Joanna Nell fan (I mean, Mrs Henry Parker oh my goodness ♡) but this one just missed the mark for me. I didn't see any connection between Heather and Alan, their relationship was very stale.
Why is the book called Mrs Winterbottom when she is a doctor, and the entire book discusses the fact she is a doctor?
I got a bit fed up listening to all the medical jargon (and yes, I know that's a JN thing and I didn't mind it in the other books). It was over the top in this book.
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