J. A. Percival

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (104 of 113)
Location: Hampshire, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 49,264 - Total Helpful Votes: 104 of 113
Containing Trauma: Nursing Work in the First World&hellip by Christine E. Hallett
At first glance this book looks really dry and technical. Do not be put off by this! It's a fascinating, very readable and hugely informative account of the work done by the Great War nurses in the various theatres of war from Serbia to Flanders. These women were astonishingly tough and resourceful, coping with disease, gas gangrene, shellshock, amputations, shortages, bombs and much else including in some cases escaping from torpedoed hospital ships. The reader is hauled with extreme competence through the ways to deal with haemorrhage, 'pus and gore', toxic gas and dysentery and is left open mouthed with admiration and silent with humility. As well, the descriptions of surgery and… Read more
Children's Fiction: A Handbook for Librarians by Sheila G. Ray
My original copy disappeared in the 1970s and I was delighted to find a replacement copy on amazon. It's way out of date now but as a basic list of classic / vintage children's books it's superb, covering everything that a well-stocked children's bookshop or library would have had on the shelves in the 1970s. I used my copy along with Margery Fisher's classic Intent upon Reading as both authors have slightly different ideas on titles. Highly recommended!
Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in&hellip by Kate Adie
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I'm generally unwilling to bitch about new books but Fighting on the Home Front has really got me annoyed. I've read a lot of books about women's experiences in the Great War and I'm amazed that this one ever got published. Kate Adie pays minimal attention to the food shortages and rationing imposed on the population during the war, thus ignoring the huge part played by housewives, shopkeepers and everyone who spent hours in queues, coped with shortages, substitutions, price hikes and conflicting government advice, and cooked with hay boxes, indifferent gas supplies and over-priced and generally scarce wood. Her bibliography is random (which is a polite way to put it) and patchy: it's next… Read more

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