Page last updated at 09:27 GMT, Monday, 11 August 2008 10:27 UK

Author's novel invitation to home

Lorna Page does not want to end up in care

A 93-year-old woman who has had her first novel published has bought a house in Devon so she can help friends stay out of nursing homes.

Lorna Page has moved from Surrey to the five-bedroom house in Weare Giffard, near Torrington. She has one friend staying with her already.

Her son, Robin, and his wife are also sharing the home and providing support.

The author said she wanted to buy other properties so more people could live with her in dignity.

She hopes the book's royalties will pay enough so her friends do not have to move into nursing homes, something she dreads.

'Not living'

She said: "It's pathetic. It seems to me that in those places people just spend their time alone in one room and people come in and give them food.

"Either that or they just go down to a room and sit at the edge of it. They don't seem to talk to each other at all, they're just sort of there. That's not living."

Mrs Page wrote her book, A Dangerous Weakness, three years ago.

She did not get it published until her daughter-in-law found the manuscript, read it, and convinced her to send it to a publisher.

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