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Publisher's Summary

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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Wonderful

If only there were retirement homes like this! There could be if people cared eough. Wonderful story.

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A thoughtful written book with wonderful characters. I found myself drawn into their world and their troubles and adventures.

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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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Well done. Realistic

A good job of showing the other side of age care in a real and compassionate way

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wonderful read

This story was so funny, loved each character and their roles within Woodlands, narrator reads each character well.

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A wonderful read and insight into the minds of an elderly person’s…

A wonderful insight into the mind of an elderly person’s feelings when faced with losing their independence and the loss of their way of life.
Hopefully this will make any reader appreciate our aged friends and relatives more.
A very well written book with much empathy and more humour.

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Thoroughly enjoyable.

This story was a delight to follow along. I purchased the audible version and loved the gentle, humerous and honest story line and Julie Nihill did an excellent job of telling the story. will be recommending this read to friends.

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Great insight into life in a nursing home (I presume, I don't work or reside in a NH) from the perspective of many different characters and with great lighthearted, funny content too.

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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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Pure Delight

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

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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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