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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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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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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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