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The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village - Joanna Nell

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

Paperback Published: 25th September 2018
ISBN: 9780733640353
Number Of Pages: 368

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Joanna Nell's life-affirming debut is a moving, funny, heartwarming tale of love and community in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Grace and Frankie

The life of 79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as the decor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and appointments with her doctor. Following a very minor traffic accident, things have turned frosty with her grown-up children and she is afraid they are trying to take away her independence.

The highlight of Peggy's day is watching her neighbour Brian head out for his morning swim. She dreams of inviting the handsome widower - treasurer of the Residents' Committee and one of the few eligible men in the village - to an intimate dinner. But why would an educated man like Brian, a chartered accountant no less, look twice at Peggy? As a woman of a certain age, she fears she has become invisible, even to men in their eighties.

But a chance encounter with an old school friend she hasn't seen in five decades - the glamorous fashionista Angie Valentine - sets Peggy on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.

About the Author

Joanna Nell was born in the UK and studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford universities. Her short fiction has won multiple awards and has been published in various journals and literary anthologies. As a GP with a passion for women's health and care of the elderly, Joanna is drawn to writing character-driven stories for women in their prime, creating young-at-heart characters who are not afraid to break the rules and defy society's expectations of ageing. Joanna lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches with her husband and two teenage children.

Industry Reviews

‘Ah listen, I’ve just finished Joanna Nell’s debut novel, The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village and it… is … a … hoot! I don’t think I’ve laughed out loud at a book as much since I read Marian Keyes’ Lucy Sullivan’s Getting Married on a train to Dublin many moons ago. It’s actually not out until October and to be honest, I may not have read it at all if I hadn’t been given an advanced reader’s copy, but I would have seriously missed out on an opportunity to read a novel which is the kind of medicinal entertainment I love when I’m feeling a bit low, particularly on some of the wetter Tasmanian winter days. A good laugh is a great tonic. And by the way, the author is a GP, so I’m sure she’ll be glad to hear her writing is having a positive effect on the well-being of at least one reader. So, regardless of your age, I can highly recommend you snuggle up with Peggy Smart and her band of old timers who have a lot to teach us about growing old, and it’s not about doing it gracefully’ ESTHER CAMPION

‘The perfect blend of funny and moving; Peggy Smart had me laughing and crying in this ultimately uplifting story’ NATASHA LESTER

‘I loved this warm and witty story of an older woman learning to stand up for herself, and found myself cheering for her to succeed. A terrific feel-good read’ KAYTE NUNN

‘I loved it! I want to be Peggy when I’m older. With many laugh-out-loud moments, this book celebrates life in the later years and is sure to make you see ‘getting old’ in a different light. A refreshing, funny, realistic and warm read’ FIONA PALMER

A beautifully written story and a great laugh

5

Had this book recommended to me and now have a waiting list of friends who want to read it.

Adelaide

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If only I had more time

4

While I am reading this theres one less minute to get to my selected read

Melbourne

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FANTAZSTIC READ REFRESHING

5

SHALL PASS AROUND FREINDS THEN SHAZLL RE READ

MELBOURNE

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Good story

3

I quite enjoyed this tale and the characters portrayed. Having said that, by the time I reached the end, I wasn't overly enthusiastic. It was amusing sometimes, but fairly predictable,

New England

A good read

4

As i'm living in a retirement village, i can see alot of resemblance.

Sydney

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What A Great Read - Highly Recommended!!

5

Do buy this lovely book!

Melbourne

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I will be reading this book again

5

Funniest book i have read in a long time... a real page turner

Penrith

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A great holiday read

5

A thoroughly delightful, well written, easy to read book full of laughter and pathos is equal amounts as the author recounts the goings-on of residents of a retirement village. Living in a retirement village ourselves (for 15 years now), my wife and I were able to relate with frequent belly laughs and,at times, understanding pathos to the day-to-day events of the residents of Jacaranda village. The connection was made the moment we began to read, with the first sentence of the first chapter: "PEGGY SMART WAS NINETY PERCENT SURE IT WAS MONDAY." We understood perfectly and this sense of connectedness stayed with us throughout the book. That the story is so true-to-life is due to the fact that the author, Joanna Nell, is a GP who has ministered to the health and well being of many retirement village residents over the years. Read this book, you'll love it. A wonderful gift book.

Pasadena, SA

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I would buy this author again

5

AS an older reader, I could imagine the Retirement Village.

Perth

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A lovely read

4

I love this book. I am sure it is true to life in a retirement village...I laughed a lot and was sad in parts. A good read.

Sydney

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

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ISBN: 9780733640353
ISBN-10: 0733640354
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 25th September 2018
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1