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The Little Nurse [Kindle Edition]

Marjorie Penn , Richard Penn
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this memoir, Marjorie Penn describes her experiences as a nurse during World War 2, beginning as a novice at the Royal Free in London, them moving on to other hospitals, including her native Plymouth. Her matter-of-fact recall of the harrowing conditions of her patients, and her own near-death experiences in the blitz highlight the heroism of herself and all those on the "home front."

[Note from Richard Penn, her son. This book is selling pretty well, and Marjorie would have been thrilled to see people being interested in it. I would love to hear from any readers out there, and answer any questions you many have. Please contact me on dpenn@acm.org if you would like to.]

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Richard Penn (1 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MCKVD9I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Starting with a degree in Ergonomics, I moved into the High Tech world in the seventies, emerging relatively unscathed twenty years later. I was around when the profession of User Interface Designer had invented itself, and it provided me with a decent living in Canada. I left that business in the late nineties, before the tech bubble burst, going freelance to write custom software for a number of small firms. Now I've retired from all that and moved back to England. I live in the summer on my narrowboat "Delta Vee" (for the uninitiated, that's the rocketry term for a "change in velocity", many narrowboat names refer to slowing down). The winters, I live in a up north, near Hexham. I have two lovely daughters, one a psychologist and the other a veterinary nurse.
Since reading early science fiction as a teenager, especially the books by Robert Heinlein, I have been obsessed by humanity's future as a space-dwelling species. The non-fiction book "A Step Further Out" by Jerry Pournelle revealed the serious challenges to this idea, and got me thinking about ways of overcoming them. Several ideas and years of calculation later, I had a detailed simulation of the colonisation of the Solar System, with named individuals travelling about under the control of a realistic simulation of the motion of the various lumps of rock that fly about up there. Turning the simulation into anything other than a vastly expanded virtual train set was the challenge. This book is an attempt at that. If you spend all your spare moments in a complex imaginary world, you can be considered insane. Unless you share it with some other people, then you are an author.
The big questions people ask when I talk about this world are: why would anyone want to go, and why wouldn't it turn into wild-west chaos. I've found there is no short answer to these questions, and fiction seems like the best way to address them. The "why" question seems so obvious to me I can't assemble arguments to it. The "peace" question is so broad, it's going to take several books for me to answer it to my own satisfaction.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, nothing special 16 Nov. 2014
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It seemed as if the book was written staccato style.
Interesting but not enough detail. The ending felt very rushed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review 15 Oct. 2014
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A good read, pity she did not qualify after all that hard graft with little to show for it. Hope they had a good life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it 9 Sept. 2014
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Not quite what I expected but an interesting read nevertheless
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 24 Oct. 2014
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A very good book once I started it I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true to life 31 Jan. 2015
By mojo
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A good account of life nursing in the 50s it tells of the hardships of nursing then but also shares her private life as well and how she had to give up her training because she fell in love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Dec. 2014
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Excellent brought back many memories as I also trained at the same hospital.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't enjoy this book very much 30 Dec. 2014
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I didn't enjoy this book very much. Perhaps it holds more interest for those who work, or have worked, in the medical profession who can make comparisons between 'how it used to be', compared to, 'how it is today'.
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By Pymmie
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This book, sadly, has been poorly produced and probably not even proof-read for errors of which there are many......such a pity for what otherwise is an interesting account of nursing in the 1930/1940s...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
I trained at the Royal Free hospital (new one in Hampstead) but lived in the nurses home where she had too. Alot of memories! A lovely read.
Published 2 hours ago by Aideen Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Norma
Very good read couldn't put it dow
Published 27 days ago by Mrs Kathleen Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Nurse
It was a great book, I really enjoyed it. Wished it was longer!
Published 1 month ago by Ms. J. L. Dennis
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Not terribly well written, the author sounds bored just as I was. I waited for something to happen, it didn't.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Anna Gallego
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read it yet as have many othe books to ...
Haven't read it yet as have many othe books to read, just read the 1st couple of paragraphs that's all.
Published 1 month ago by Lesley Dengate
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This looks like a good book to read
Published 2 months ago by Elise McCoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really enjoyed the book
Published 3 months ago by Christine Loe
2.0 out of 5 stars little nurse
Nursing in Second World War. Simply written. A little interesting for history of nursing- this is the only reason to read this and it's not great.
Published 3 months ago by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Savour.
What a great read and one that gave an incite into the life of the characters
involved and the struggles they had. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
This book is interesting but a bit fragmented in its construction. It does open ones eyes to life and it's perils during wartime with the illnesses and problems on the Homefront.
Published 4 months ago by Teresa Bastow
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