The Tea Ladies of St Jude’s Hospital

Joanna Nell

The heartwarming and hilarious new novel by the author of cherished bestsellers, The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village and The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home

The Marjorie Marshall Memorial Cafeteria has been serving refreshments and raising money at the hospital for over fifty years, long after anybody can remember who Marjorie Marshall actually was. Staffed by successive generations of dedicated volunteers, the beloved cafeteria is known as much for offering a kind word and sympathetic ear (and often unsolicited life advice) as for its tea and buns.

Stalwart Hilary has worked her way up through the ranks to Manageress; Joy has been late every day since she started as the cafeteria’s newest recruit. She doesn’t take her role as ‘the intern’ quite as seriously as Hilary would like but there’s no doubt she brings a welcome pop of personality. Seventeen-year-old Chloe, the daughter of two successful surgeons, is volunteering during the school holidays because her mother thinks it will look good on her CV.

Chloe is at first bewildered by the two older women but soon realises they have a lot in common, not least that each bears a secret pain. When they discover the cafeteria is under threat of closure, this unlikely trio must band together to save it.

Whip-smart dialogue, humour and sarcasm ... highly addictive

- Sun Herald

Tender and funny

- Women's Weekly

Lively and whimsical

- Sydney Morning Herald

Acquiring Publisher
Rebecca Saunders
Release
Oct-2021
ISBN
9780733642906
RRP (AUD)
$32.99
Pages
352
Format
Paperback & ebook
Category
Fiction: General

Joanna Nell

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 three novels, THE SINGLE LADIES OF JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE, THE LAST VOYAGE OF MRS HENRY PARKER and THE GREAT ESCAPE FROM WOODLANDS NURSING HOME, were national bestsellers. Joanna lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

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The Tea Ladies of St Jude’s Hospital
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English Language, UK & Commonwealth (Hodder & Stoughton)
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