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The Young Widow's Book Of Home Improvement:
A True Story Of Love And Renovation

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Virginia Lloyd was single at 32, married at 33, and widowed at 34. A young professional woman finally meets the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, only to discover that he is terminally ill. After her beloved John's death from cancer, Virginia was faced with addressing the chronic rising damp problem in the house they had shared and, over her first year as a young widow, her house had to dry from the inside out - and so did Virginia. The Young Widow's Book of Home Improvement is a wry and touching love story that plays with the parallels between our homes and ourselves.

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Virginia Lloyd was single at 32, married at 33, and widowed at 34.

A young professional woman finally meets the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, only to discover that he is terminally ill. After her beloved John's death from cancer, Virginia was faced with addressing the chronic rising damp problem in the house they had shared and, over her first year as a young widow, her house had to dry from the inside out - and so did Virginia.

The Young Widow's Book of Home Improvement is a wry and touching love story that plays with the parallels between our homes and ourselves.

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Virginia Lloyd

Virginia Lloyd is a writer and consultant who lives in Sydney. She spent eighteen months in New York while writing The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement. An extract from this memoir appeared in Griffith Review.