Georgina Danforth Witley has never felt she has led anything but an ordinary life.
But here she is on her way to meet the Queen. Born on April 21, 1926, the exact same day as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Georgie is one of 99 privileged Commonwealth subjects invited to an 80th-birthday lunch at Buckingham Palace.
All she has to do is drive two hours to the airport and board the plane for London.
Except that in her excited state, Georgie drives her car off the road, tumbling into a thickly wooded ravine.
Thrown from the car, injured and unable to move but desperately hopeful that someone will find her, she must rely on her strength, her full store of family memories, her no-nonsense wit and a recitation of the names of the bones in her bodya long-forgotten exercise from childhood that reminds her she is still very much alive.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 16/10/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340954003
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Review by LynnB
What a wonderful book! This is the story of Georgina, an 80 year old Ontario woman who accidently drives her car into a ravine on her way to the airport. As she lies at the bottom of the ravine, Georgie remembers her life and we get to know her story of growing up in small town Canada. Before the crash, Georgie was on her way to Buckingham Palace as one of 99 commonwealth citizens with the same birthday of as Queeen Elizabeth invited to a celebration. So, no one will know she is missing (except the Queen!) and there are no visible signs of the accident from the road.Georgie relies on her memories of her family, of little ditties learned in school and of her grandfather's copy of Gray's Anatomy to keep her spirits up and her mind active as she waits to be rescued. Frances Itani writes extremely well, evoking images that reminded me of my own childhood. Great stuff!