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Always the Children: A Nurse's Story of Home and War

Always the Children: A Nurse's Story of Home and War [Kindle Edition]

Anne Watts
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`An intensely moving book' --Daily Express

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Anne Watts grew up in a small village in north Wales in the 1940s. Inspired by school geography lessons that told of far-off lands, she broke out of the conventional options open to women in post-war Britain, defying her Merchant Navy father's dated views. She trained as a nurse and midwife, joined the Save the Children Fund, and was posted to Vietnam in 1967.
One of only three British nurses in the region, Anne was faced with a vision of hell that her training at Manchester's Royal Infirmary had barely prepared her for. Thrown in at the deep end, she witnessed the random cruelty of warfare, nursing injured and orphaned children and caring for wounded and dying servicemen. She went on to take her skills to the victims of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to Lebanon during the Israeli occupation, and Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. Over some forty-five years Anne has brought her courage and compassion to those most in need of help.
Woven into this vivid, compelling memoir is perhaps the most moving story of all - how Anne's idyllic childhood was shattered by a shocking family tragedy when she was 10 years old. A tragedy that was to shape her destiny.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1537 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (5 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00527EX0E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY 28 July 2010
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Anne tells her story with humour and compassion. An insight into nursing in war zones, and if ever proof were needed that the innocents are always the real victims of wars, then this book provides it in spades.

Anne vividly illustrates that the ordinary person can make an extraordinary difference. I truly couldn't put this book down - my admiration for Anne is boundless, she's a total inspiration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most inspiring book you'll read 1 July 2010
This is a moving, compelling and deeply inspiring book. Anne has the most incredible story to tell about nursing in war zones around the world. It's not a misery memoir but an uplifting story about what ordinary people can achieve. I heard Anne on Radio 4 and was compelled to buy her book. I cannot recommend this enough!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always the Children 4 July 2010
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I had heard about this book and its author on Woman's Hour and bought it to take on holiday with me. It was well worth the read and very moving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 9 Mar 2011
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i have never enjoyed reading a book so much was exciting and horrific at times ...anne watts did a fantastic job helping the children in war torn countries..i would love to meet her..what a story ..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book putting things in perspective 30 May 2011
I stumbled across this book accidently and was hesitant about reading it as I thought it maybe too gorey and upsetting as it is set in a war zone, however once I started I couldn't put it down. This book is a must read! Anne's story of nursing in war zones around the globe is truly inspiring and a great example of how one compassionate individual can make a difference to so many lives. Filled with love, kindness, sadness and tropical climates this true story is a great insight into different cultures and life in a warzone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always The Children by Anne Watts 5 May 2011
The best nursing related book I have read. My daughter got me this book for Mothers Day as I had trained at the MRI in the 60's as did Anne I have also worked overseas I was a VSO nurse/midwife in Africa and this book brought back many happy and as many sad memories. At times I found it difficult to read through the tears but it is a very well written book. I love Anne's discriptions of Vietnam when she returned a country that sounds well worth a visit.Always the Children: A Nurse's Story of Home and War
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Always interesting, but not memorable 16 Dec 2010
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I enjoyed this book and found it very easy to read and well written. The nursing experience jumps from the page and Watts's compassion and determination is clear throughout. Her style is surprisingly journalistic and this memoir is better than many others I've read. The places she's nursed in reads like a modern history of conflict though the prism of human suffering. This is the real and often hidden side of war - the story of those who try to pick up the pieces and deliver hope to the most vulnerable. For that reason the book is extremely interesting. However once I'd finished the final page, I could barely remember it. I'm not sure why as some of the episodes are haunting and I could feel her frustration at the futility of war and the politics behind it. Maybe it's because Anne doesn't give much of herself away, you're never really given the opportunity to connect with her, even now I'm not sure I know her. Big chunks of her life are missed out and you never know if she fell in love again, whether she pined for something more or for someone to share it with, whether she was happy with her transient lifestyle. It's one of those books I'm glad I've read, but that will sit on the shelf easily forgotten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, moving autobiography 13 Dec 2010
By Helena
Anne Watts writes about her life, from her childhood into her chosen career as a children's nurse.

From a historical viewpoint, it makes for very interesting reading, her nursing career started in the 1950s. It is very moving, and sometimes is deeply upsetting, but this means that she writes honestly, her painful experiences are portrayed beautifully.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Childrens Friend
Wonderful book very heartwarming. Anne Watts has had a very eventful helpful life. She has a great love of children and is a wonderful ambassador for Save The Children.
Published 4 months ago by Corkhill
5.0 out of 5 stars Always the children
A wonderful account of just how tough life was for the nurses & the children. What we now take for granted in life like clean water & food & every day commodites they didn't have,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars War thru a nurse's eyes: Vietnam, Cambodia ...
Don't be put-off by the domesticity of the cover (of this, or Watts' second book)! This is a sometimes harrowing report of her experiences in war-torn areas of the Far East. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars no holds barred
I've just finished reading Anne Watts' book of her life in nursing. She is another one of those unsung heroes/heroines. Read more
Published 14 months ago by pig lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A very thought provoking read.
Purchased this after hearing a talk by Anne Watts. It leaves you wondering about man's inhumanity to man! A very readable book.
Published 15 months ago by Carol Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars nurse based story
made me think how hard nursing was and still is but in different ways.thought it was sad that she literally devoted her life to the children but did not have any of her own...:(
Published 18 months ago by foxygeri43
5.0 out of 5 stars good
received a good service and the quality of purchase was excellent. I would use this buyer again in the future
Published 20 months ago by franny
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Amazing book and a true story of a nurse called Anne watts
who risked her life going over seas to a warzone country
to help others in need of her care and the challenges... Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Always the Children by Anne Watts
I really enjoyed this book it is well written sad, funny, some times harrowing and thought provoking, it stayed with me long after I had finished reading it. Read more
Published on 27 May 2012 by Brandycat
4.0 out of 5 stars Always the Children - Anne Watts
This book is indeed moving and inspiring, as another reviewer wrote. I don't want to write that though, as I don't want to make it sound "worthy" and put anyone off what is an... Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by jacqueline
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