The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

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Hachette Australia, Sep 25, 2018 - Fiction - 400 pages

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 décor 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.

'Lively and whimsical ... with some serious points to make about ageing, love, community and friendship' Sydney Morning Herald

'This heartwarming story about growing old gracefully - and disgracefully ... is a funny, witty and thoroughly enjoyable read for all ages' Daily Telegraph

'I haven't been this entranced by a character since Eleanor (Oliphant, of course). This book is a joy - it's a celebration of age instead of an apology for it, and a reminder that life is always an adventure if you let it be. I loved this uniquely endearing book' KELLY RIMMER

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

'The perfect blend of funny and moving: had me laughing and crying in this ultimately uplifting story' NATASHA LESTER

**Contains bonus extract from Joanna's new novel THE LAST VOYAGE OF MRS HENRY PARKER**

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User Review  - smik - LibraryThing

Once again I have ventured outside my usual crime fiction genre. But this came to me so highly recommended I felt I could not miss it. And it is a delightful read. Peggy Smart has reached the age that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Griffin22 - LibraryThing

An enjoyable book, although I disagree with the ‘funny’ tag on the cover. Peggy is slumping into old age in a retirement village, her self esteem too low (courtesy of growing up with a critical mother ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Joanna Nell was born in the UK and studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford universities. Her essays and short fiction have won multiple awards and been published in medical journals and literary anthologies. A former ship's doctor and now working as a GP, Joanna writes character-driven stories, creating young-at-heart characters who are not afraid to break the rules and defy society's expectations of ageing. Her first two novels, THE SINGLE LADIES OF JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE and THE LAST VOYAGE OF MRS HENRY PARKER, were national bestsellers. Joanna lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

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