I was raised in a working class family in Liverpool and began my nurse training when I was eighteen years old. It was the only pathway open to me out from the concrete housing estate and poor background I desperately wanted to escape. Having a caring nature, it was a natural career choice.
My new book, THE CHILDREN OF LOVELY LANE (the follow up to THE ANGELS OF LOVELY LANE) includes many of my own memories and also those of friends. I am lucky to still be in contact with the nurses I began training with all those years ago. Those who enjoyed THE FOUR STREETS trilogy should equally enjoy the LOVELY LANE series.
Lovely Lane is a real place in Warrington. The books combine and knit together my memories of Warrington Hospital, Lovely Lane. Bewsey Road Nurses Home, where I lived and laughed and most importantly, survived and the hospitals across Liverpool where I worked.
However, the people who have inspired this series of books most of all are the patients I nursed. Not least, a certain baby boy I have never forgotten.