Joanna Nell | Paperback | November 2023
A witty and touching tale about mismatched expectations and living life in the moment, from the bestselling author of The Tea Ladies of St Jude's Hospital
'Heartwarming, tender and oh-so-funny' ALI LOWE
'Charming, funny and wise exploration of the pleasures and perils of retirement. If you want a laugh-out-loud holiday read that will make your heart swell, this is the book for you' TRACEY SPICER
'An intriguing, warm-hearted novel challenging age stereotypes' The Australian Women's Weekly
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 and embracing an exciting new adventure. 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 - complete with unforgettable experiences, pitfalls and temptations. But could what's waiting for her back in Netherwood be Heather's biggest adventure yet?
'Warm, insightful and funny . . . celebrates, so well, the treasures that life's later stages can hold' DIANNE YARWOOD
'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
'It's a meditation on the meaning of love, and the ebbs and flows of relationships' TRACEY SPICER
'I loved taking a gap week from my life with Mrs Winterbottom. Nell's writing is delightfully funny and as heart-warming as a cup of tea' MEGAN ALBANY
'Engaging, funny and resoundingly human' Books+Publishing
Joanna Nell is a British-Australian writer, GP and advocate for positive ageing. Her essays and short fiction have won multiple awards and been widely published in magazines, journals and literary anthologies. Her first four novels, The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village, The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker, The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home and The Tea Ladies of St Jude's Hospital, were national bestsellers. Joanna lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches.