Yes Sister No Sister

Author: Jennifer Craig
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781409005674
Release Date: 2010-09-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

'What is your name?' she asks, staring at me. 'Jennifer Ross.' 'Jennifer Ross, Sister. Well, Nurse Ross, you are dressed in the uniform of a nurse from the Leeds General Infirmary. Such a uniform is not worn with a cardigan. Take it off at once.' 'Yes Sister.' I can feel my face turn red. A trainee nurse in the 1950s had a lot to bear. In Jennifer Craig's enchanting memoir, we meet these warm-hearted yet naïve young girls as they get to grips with strict discipline, long hours and bodily fluids. But we also see the camaraderie that develops in evening study sessions, sneaked trips to the cinema and mischievous escapades with the young trainee doctors. The harsh conditions prove too much for some girls, but the opportunity to help her patients in their time of need is too much of a pull for Jenny. As she commits to her vocation and knuckles down to her exams, she is determined that when she reaches the heights of Ward Sister herself she will not become the frightening matron that struck fear into her student heart ... Rich in period detail, and told with a good dose of Yorkshire humour, Yes Sister, No Sister is a life-affirming true story of a life long past.

Yes Sister No Sister

Author: Jennifer Craig
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780091937959
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"This nostalgic gem follows Jennifer Craig's journey as a trainee nurse at Leeds General Infirmary in the 1950s. We see the camerarderie of the girls as they get to grips with strict discipline, long and bodily fluids. Although many girls don't make it, and Jennifer herself is tempted at times to quit, she eventually knucles down and rises to the position of Ward Sister."

Gone to Pot

Author: Jennifer Craig
Publisher: Second Story Press
ISBN: 9781772600353
Release Date: 2017-03-07
Genre: Fiction

After losing her job and learning she might also lose her house because of a bad investment, Jess, a fiercely independent and hilariously wry BC grandma, resorts to growing pot in her basement to make ends meet. She then has to juggle her public life as a grandmother and member of the town’s senior women’s group – The Company of Crones – with her secret life as a pot grower. The unusual characters she meets along the way include Swan, the enigmatic young woman who introduces her to the grower’s world, and Marcus, the socially awkward “gardener” who shows her the tricks of the trade. Both of her new young friends are more than they appear, and Jess’ adventures in pot growing break down barriers in both her old and new circles. The delightful outcome of an almost legitimate business leaves Jess and her associates flushed with success.

Sisters of the East End

Author: Helen Batten
Publisher:
ISBN: 0750539194
Release Date: 2014-06-15
Genre: Large type books

""A second's silence and then an almighty scream. It was the most moving thing I had ever seen ... A baby, a real live baby, another human life had entered the world. It didn't seem possible and yet I had witnessed it with my very own eyes."" ""Born into a happy working-class North London family in the mid-twentieth century, Katie is determined to "do something" with her life. Working in the impoverished East End in the 1950s, she meets the Sisters of St. John the Divine--a community of nuns dedicated to nursing and midwifery. The Sisters have been present at births, cared for the sick, and laid out the dead of the East Enders for a hundred years, and Katie soon joins them to start her journey to becoming Sister Catherine Mary. As a nurse and midwife, Katie learns to deal with everything from strokes to breech births. Tragedy is never far away, but there are also moments of pure joy as lives are saved and the Poplar residents rally round. As a young novice, Katie rallies against the vow of obedience, yet through the years she learns much about the nature of dedication and love. Full of desperate hardship, humor, and compassion, Katie's story brings to life the unique world of these nursing Sisters in London's East End. "Sister Catherine Mary's story was written by Helen Batten after in-depth interviews with today's Sisters of the Community of St John the Divine."

The Midwife s Sister

Author: Christine Lee
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447282648
Release Date: 2015-03
Genre: Nurses

In this memoir, Jennifer Worth's sister, Christine, takes us from their early idyllic years to the cruelty and neglect they suffered after their parents divorced, from Jennifer being forced to leave home at fourteen to their training as nurses. After leaving nursing Jennifer took up a career in music, her first love, and Christine became a sculptor, but through marriages and children, joy and heartbreak, their lives remained intertwined.

Please Nurse

Author: Joan Lock
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 140912813X
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Nurses

When Joan Lock began her formal training as a young nurse in the 1950s, she was unprepared for the strict discipline and long hours which were to follow and quickly realised she was no Florence Nightingale. Her honest and humorous account of the next three years reveals her most intimate experiences of being a nurse: from dealing with temperamental surgeons to fighting off flirtatious patients. Labelled a trouble-maker, Joan and her friends tested their strict Sisters' patience as they climbed through windows, slept through lectures and broke every thermometer that passed through their hands. But through it all, Joan found herself touched by the people she met and their heart-warming stories.

Not Your Average Nurse

Author: Maggie Groff
Publisher: Corgi
ISBN: 0552174149
Release Date: 2017-05-18
Genre:

'Over time, I nursed victims of war, the posh, the poor, the famous and the infamous... Oh, the stories I can tell!' To a young girl the life of a nurse sounds exciting, but with long hours and short shrift it's never easy. So when Maggie Groff embarks on her training at London's King's College Hospital she must quickly get to grips with a demanding career. It's sink or swim. From the watchful gaze of stern sisters and the trials of nursing on a poor south-east London housing estate, to the explosive dramas of staff health checks at sophisticated Selfridges, Maggie shares warm and witty stories of mistakes and mayhem, tea and sympathy, and the life-affirming moments that make it all worthwhile. Played out against the march of feminism and fashion, IRA bombings and the iconic music and movies of almost half a century ago, Not Your Average Nurse is a delightful romp through time.

Matron in Charge

Author: Evelyn Prentis
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780091941369
Release Date: 2012-11-15
Genre: Nurses

'It must be stressed from the start that I was not a born nurse. Not every girl is. Not every nurse is either, however wholeheartedly she may throw herself into the project once she gets going. Born nurses can be easily recognised. They have a little something the others haven't got which never seems to desert them however desperate the circumstances may become' Desperate circumstances were something Evelyn Prentis had to get very used to when she began her life as a nurse. It was in 1934 that Evelyn left home for the first time to enrol as a trainee at a busy Nottingham hospital in the hope of u25 a year. A Nurse in Time is her affectionate and funny account of those days of dedication and hardship, when never-ending nightshifts, strict Sisters and permanent hunger ruled life, and joy was to be found by in a late-night pass and a packet of Woodbines.

In the Midst of Life

Author: Jennifer Worth
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 1474606660
Release Date: 2017-09-07
Genre: Death

Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs of her time as a midwife have inspired and moved readers of all ages. Now, in In the Midst of Life she documents her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the end of their lives. Interspersed with these stories from Jennifer's post-midwife career are the histories of her patients, from the family divided by a decision nobody could bear to make, to the mother who comes to her son's adopted country and joins his family without being able to speak a word of English. In the Midst of Life also gives moving insights not just into Jennifer's life and career, but also of a period of time which seems very different to today's, fast-paced world.

Twelve Babies on a Bike

Author: Dot May Dunn
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781409121275
Release Date: 2010-05-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A young midwife's account of her training in the Midlands in the 1950s. A SUNDAY TIMES bestseller. It's 1957, and in a shattered post-war world, life goes on. Dot, a pupil midwife, negotiates the streets on her trusty old bicycle - come rain or shine - to help women in need. Living and working under the supervision of the strict Mrs O'Reilly, she must complete her training with twelve deliveries: there's Mrs Wardle who lives in a seedy slum; the eighth Clarke baby, born in an unusual place; the superstitious Wests, desperate for a boy; baby Murphy who is received with laughter; and brothel-worker Mrs Maloney. Amid lectures, textbooks and university dances, Dot must saddle up at any time of the day and night to attend deliveries. But just when she thinks she's got the measure of the job, fate deals her an unexpected hand...

Matron Knows Best

Author: Joan Woodcock
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780755361519
Release Date: 2011-02-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Joan Woodcock always dreamed of becoming a nurse. And in 1966 the dream came true. From her very first day as a naive 16 year old cadet, standing nervously outside the matron's office, this is Joan's story of an eventful career spanning over forty years in NHS nursing. Working on hospital wards, casualty units and out in the community, as well as stints in a prison and a police unit dealing with sexual assault, Joan has seen it all. In this moving memoir she gives an honest, revealing account of a challenging, unpredictable and ultimately rewarding life in nursing. From an early encounter with a horrific axe injury to the patient who swallowed their suppositories, to daily dealings with difficult patients and all kinds of bodily fluids, Joan shares memories of laughter and tragedy, and of the now defunct matron system that at one time instilled nurses with such high standards of professionalism and patient care.

Letters to the Midwife

Author: Jennifer Worth
Publisher: Isis
ISBN: 1445099527
Release Date: 2014-12-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

When the Call the Midwife books became bestsellers, Jennifer Worth was inundated with correspondence. Letters to the Midwife is a collection of the correspondence she received, offering a fascinating glimpse into a long-lost world. Along with readers' responses and personal histories, it is filled with heartwarming gems such as letters sent by one of the nuns featured in Call the Midwife and a curious list of the things Jennifer would need to become a missionary. Containing previously unpublished material describing her time spent in Paris, and some journal entries, this is also a portrait of Jennifer herself, complete with a moving introduction by her family about the Jennifer Worth they knew and loved.

Jabs Jenner and Juggernauts

Author: Jennifer Craig
Publisher:
ISBN: 0955917743
Release Date: 2009-09
Genre: Health & Fitness

"There is always space for another good book against vaccination--one that will open people's eyes about the nasty reality."--Sheri Nakken, Vaccination Information & Choice Network, Washington State.

Don t Forget to Write

Author: Pam Hobbs
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781407029764
Release Date: 2009-10-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

'Dad walked determinedly down the path, joined by two neighbours with five children between them. As we reached the corner of Kent Avenue, I looked back for one last wave. But Mum had buried her head in her pinny and it was a year before I saw her again.' In June 1940, 10-year-old Pam Hobbs and her sister Iris took the long journey from their council home in Leigh-on-Sea to faraway rural Derbyshire. Living away from Mum and Dad for two long years, Pam was moved between four foster homes. In some she and Iris found a second family, with babies to look after, car rides and picnics, and even a pet pig. But other billets took a more sinister turn, as the adults found it easy to exploit the children in their care. Returning to Essex, things would never be the same again, and the war was far from over. Making do with rations, dodging bombs and helping with the war effort, Pam and her family struggled to get by. In Don't Forget to Write, with warmth and vivid detail, Pam describes a time that was full of overwhelming hardship and devastation; yet also of kindness and humour, resilience and courage.