The Cure Is Sometimes…


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Aged 71 and in poor health, Mary is resigned to the fact that she has not long to live. She inherits an amulet, together with some money, a house, and a young lodger. She reads her grandfather’s diary and learns that her life will be turned around completely. She now has sixty years instead of just six months. At midnight her body will lose 24 hours and any injuries she has sustained will never have happened. She will suffer all the pain and trauma, but only until the new day begins. She must keep her situation secret and will have to leave her friends and family after a few years. Gerald learns of the secret and helps her with her first disappearance’, when she becomes Noelle. He also establishes the means by which she can keep track of her grand daughter, Kate, throughout the following years. She becomes, in turn, Nolly, Avril, Emma, Glenda, and Annette, falling in and out of love, suffering terrible injuries, experiencing great happiness and sadness, yet still retains her sense of humour and zest for life. Given a similar set of circumstances, how would you cope?

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Joan Plant


Joan started writing in her teens and had articles published in college and works' magazines. Marriageand family needs called a halt to her literary output except for the writing of pantomime scripts for local societies. When the family became independent Joan followed her husband to South Africa, where they lived for twelve years – seven of them in the Transkei, which was a separate state at that time. They returned to family and friends in Somerset, where Joan again began writing and had short stories published in women's magazines and started on her first full-length novel. She now lives in a small village in south west France with her husband and a garden which is much too large.







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