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  • Published: 15 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099576747
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $19.99

A Nurse's Courage




A young nurse's life is forever changed by war. A gritty, engrossing saga set in the First World War.

Orphan Mabel Court's dreams come true when she enters the Booth Street Poor Law Infirmary as a probationer nurse. But it is August 1914, and her world is about to be turned upside down.

She soon meets Norah McLoughlin, another probationer, and the two girls - together with Mabel's childhood friend Maudie, now a music-hall dancer - become firm friends.

As war rages across Europe, they try to keep their spirits up but when Mabel's fiancé Harry Drover is wounded at the battle of the Somme, Mabel realises that the life she and Harry had always hoped for is now an impossibility. Then when Maudie falls pregnant by an officer, and Norah's young man is lost at sea, all three girls are forced to face the fact that life will never be the same again.

  • Pub date: 15 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099576747
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Maggie Holt

Maggie Holt was born in Farnborough, Hampshire, in 1931. She worked as a nurse and midwife for many years before marrying and moving to Manchester where her two daughters were born. Having been an avid reader and scribbler all her life she took a correspondence course in creative writing after her husband’s death in 1983, and won the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Award in 1992. Writing as Maggie Bennett, she is also the author of A Child’s Voice Calling, A Child at the Door, A Carriage for the Midwife and A Child of Her Time, all available from Arrow.

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