A Grand Old Time


Evie Gallagher is regretting her hasty move into a care home. She may be seventy-five and recently widowed, but she’s absolutely not dead yet. And so, one morning, Evie walks out of Sheldon Lodge and sets off on a Great Adventure across Europe.

But not everyone thinks Great Adventures are appropriate for women of Evie’s age, least of all her son Brendan and his wife Maura, who follow a trail of puzzling text messages to bring her home.

When they finally catch up with her, there are shocks in store . . . because while Brendan may have given up on life and love, Evie certainly has not.

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Miranda Dickinson

‘Brilliantly funny, emotional and uplifting’

Fiona Gibson, bestselling author of The Woman Who Upped and Left

‘Brimming with warmth, humour and a love of life . . . a wonderful escapade’

The Ginger Book Geek

I absolutely loved everything about this book 5 out of 5’

Spring Chicken’s review

by Tony Gregory

Tony Gregory

A Grand Old Time by Judy Leigh

Evie Gallagher lives in a Care Home.  She is difficult, bolshie  and verging on the anarchic. She is 75 years old.

Quite how she found herself a resident is not  easy to fathom. It seems that she has led a passive life, committed to a dull marriage with her recenttly deceased husband with an only son, Brendan, who inherited his father’s lack of drive. An existence rather than a life.

Evie checks out of the Care Home without consulting anyone. She has no destination in mind but armed with a desire to live life to the full.

She certainly achieved her ambition!  Her travels lead her to France. She meets and becomes friends with a variety of characters. Quickly she becomes a positive influence on others and she experiences love and loss.

Meanwhile, her son is trying to find her and bring her back to his version of sanity. The book also tracks the difficulties and developments within his marriage.

The story moves at a great pace. It is a journey which involves happiness,sadness, hilarity and love. The author describes landscapes, people and emotions in great detail. No word used is surplus to requirements and the story flows easily.

It is a moving, uplifting and inspiring tale.

One word of caution to Care Home owners: do not let your residents near this book. If they read it you may be faced with a mass exodus!

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