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  • Published: 15 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780091941390
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $14.99

Matron at Last


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A nostalgic nurse's memoir in the bestselling vein of Call the Midwife and Nurse on Call

'When do you have a bath?' I asked Mrs Turgoose.
'I hope you're not suggesting that I don't look after meself properly,' she said crossly. 'There was a woman who used to use it, but that was because she was a bit stuck up. She soon went off the idea when it started to get cold.'

After working as a nurse for thirty years, Evelyn left the hospital to become a full-time Matron of the Lodge - a home for elderly ladies of reduced circumstances.

Evelyn was nothing like the matrons she had known and feared in the past. There wasn't even a uniform to give her status, but she was a shoulder to cry on when a resident lost her budgerigar and somebody to talk to when there was no one else to listen.

In spite of broken nights and hot dinners left to get cold, Mrs Peters with her temper and Mrs Harrison with her 24-hour piano playing, it offered a chance to make a difference to her ladies' lives. Whether it was fetching milk stout for Miss May and brown ale for Mrs Hunt to keep their peckers up or helping Mrs James deal with of her extra-blue blue rinse, the ladies made a difference to Evelyn's life too.

A Nurse Near By is Evelyn's funny and affectionate memoir of her years as a Matron, even if she was only in fact a nurse near by and on call twenty-four hours a day.

  • Pub date: 15 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780091941390
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Evelyn Prentis

Brought up in Lincolnshire, Evelyn Prentis (real name Evelyn Taws) left home at eighteen to become a nurse. She later moved to London during the war, where she married and raised her family. Like so many other nurses, she went back to hospital and used any spare time she might have had bringing up her children and running her home. Born in 1915, she died in 2001 at the age of eighty-five.

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Praise for Matron at Last

“Perceptive, warm and very funny”

Sunday Telegraph

“Highly amusing and entertaining”

Derby Evening Telegraph


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