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As the wife of retired ship's doctor Dr Henry Parker, Evelyn is living out her twilight years aboard the Golden Sunset. Every night she dresses for dinner - gown, tiara, runners - and regales her fellow passengers with stories of a glamorous life travelling the world in luxury as well as showing off her superior knowledge of everything from ships' customs to biographical details of her heroine, Florence Nightingale. The crew treat her with deference. And forbearance.  

But when Henry goes missing, Evelyn sets off to search every part of the grand ocean liner to find him, casino, nightclub and off-limits areas included. Misadventures are had, new friends are made, scandalous behaviour noted - all news to Evelyn. If only she could remember the events of the night before as clearly as she can recall the first time she met Henry on a passage from England to Australia in 1953 and fell in love, abandoning her dreams to become a midwife to be a wife instead - and the long-ago painful events that left Evelyn all at sea.  

Why is it so hard to remember some things and so hard to forget others? And where is Henry? 

The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker is a love letter to the memories we make over the course of a lifetime and how the heart remembers what matters, even when the mind has long forgotten.

©2019 Joanna Nell (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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what a joy!

Joanna Nell's story of Mrs Henry Parker is written beautifully, had me from the get-go. I laughed, I cried, I wanted a pair of Evelyn's finding Henry shoes 😊

The tender subject of aging and dementia is dealt with in a very true and honest way.

I loved Joanna's "The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village" , but "The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker" exceeded all expectations.

I am so pleased that I chose the audio version of this book, as the narrator, Julie Nihill added so much more to an already beautifully written story.

Thank you Joanna 😊

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A wonderful story of ageism, life and love

Oh my, I laughed, I cried......I loved how I actually felt I was on the last voyage with Mrs Henry Parker. Well worth listening to, one story which makes you believe how wonderful the world can be.

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Lovely

I love this story. Dementia explained perfectly from the perspective of the one experiencing the disease.

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Delightful book

I loved this book as it gave me a greater understanding of Dementia such a delightful way. I loved it being set on a cruise shop and the clever way in which Joanna Nell revealed snippets of information through conversations.

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not what I expected

I expected a fun, light hearted story of a little old lady who solves a mystery. Instead it is a desperately sad story that is only sad because we are on the outside looking in. It is funny at times, honest, and beautiful.

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Gentle and touching insight of dementia and a life well lived

This is the third book I had to read of Joanna Nell one after another and although I wasn’t as enthralled as the other 2 books I am glad I read it .
The story puts you in the ‘finding Henry shoes’ of Mrs Parker who has dementia and her search for her missing husband on a cruise ship that had been their home for many years. We learn of her life along the way.
I was pleased with the ending and felt emotional too - as we all wonder and grapple with what that looks re our own endings.
Another brilliant performance by narrator Julie Nihill.

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  • 20-03-2021

An easy and enjoyable listen

I enjoyed this book but felt it could have been 7 hours long and been better. Felt relieved when we got to the last chapter and all the narrative details came together

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Senile reflection

Reads like a manual on Alzheimer's made into a boring, repetitive narrative. Creating a narrator with advanced memory loss makes for a frustrating, disjointed and ultimately unengaging story.

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The free spirited Evelyn Parker!!

A really fabulous story, expertly narrated, that managed to deal with the issue of dementia in a fascinating storyline aboard a cruise ship, and more importantly connected strongly to me as I recalled my own grandmother who suffered from this terrible illness. I was only a young boy when my gran passed away and somehow wish I could have connected with her in those final years..thank you Joanna Nell for raising awareness and writing this book.

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Initially confusing but I can to see that was Mrs Parker’s experience too. I felt as if I was on a journey with my Dad and my Grandma who were also great story tellers with less and less current memory to rely on.

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  • 02-05-2021

Another great Joanna Nell book

I read all of this author's books because I enjoy stories about older women. She does s wonderful job with the story line and the characters. It may not be enjoyed by younger girls expecting something else. The description and sample audible recording depict the story accurately.

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  • Pheonix
  • 23-08-2020

Glad I held out to the end

I enjoyed the story especially the perspective of the subject, Mrs Parker, made even better by the superb narrator. The story dragged a bit on the middle, so I’m glad I kept on y t the final chapters. An original, charming story.

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