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Sisters: Heroic true-life stories from the nurses of World War Two [Paperback]

Barbara Mortimer
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Review

"A fascinating slice of lived history" (Independent)

"Vivid, poignant and very personal." (Choice Magazine)

"Absurdity and anguish are bedfellows in a lively tribute to those who helped heal the scars of war." (Saga Magazine)

"Profoundly moving with moments of humour to lighten the emotional load, this is a wonderful tribute, allowing forgotten voices to be heard once more." (Good Reads)

Book Description

In the bestselling tradition of Call the Midwife, the incredible true stories of British nurses in WWII, as told by the nurses themselves.

From the Inside Flap

On 3 September 1939 the Prime Minister declared that Britain was at war with Germany. Thousands of young women, many of them barely out of school, were sent headlong into grueling training regimes that would see them become wartime nurses.

Sisters features over 150 previously unpublished interviews from the archives of the Royal College of Nursing. From the bombed-out wards of the Blitz to the harsh conditions of army field hospitals, and from the nurses' pioneering work in the treatment of burns to the challenges of delivering a baby in a blackout, these courageous individuals relate with candour, wit and compassion their memories of the war.

The members of this sisterhood found reserves of inner strength and made friendships that carried them through episodes of unrelieved horror. For many, wartime nursing was a life-changing experience and, in telling their vivid, poignant and riveting stories, Sisters captures their pride, grief and joy. It is a fitting tribute to their spirit and bravery.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

On 3 September 1939, the Prime Minister declared that Britain was at war with Nazi Germany.

Thousands of young women, many of them barely out of school, were sent headlong into gruelling training regimes that would see them become wartime nurses.

Sisters features over 150 previously unpublished stories from the archives of the Royal College of Nursing. The vivid, poignant and riveting stories capture these nurses' incredible bravery and touching friendships.

About the Author

Dr. Barbara Mortimer is an expert on the history of nursing. Over the years, she has held various clinical nursing posts and has worked as a nurse teacher and a lecturer in nursing. Dr. Mortimer has planned and taught courses in the History of Nursing at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. In 2000 she was one of the founders of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing. Since retiring in 2004, she has worked as a Research Assistant at the Royal College of Nursing Archives. She lives in Edinburgh.

Founded in 1916, the Royal College of Nursing is the largest professional nursing organisation in the world. With more than 410,000 members in the UK, it works to represent and support nurses and nursing staff, to promote excellence in standards of nursing care and to shape and influence health policy.

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