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. A former ship's doctor and now 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. 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 with her husband and two teenage children.