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  • Published: 9 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761344657
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99
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The War Nurses




A moving and inspiring WWII novel of friendship and courage, based on the true events of the Bangka Island Massacre, by the bestselling author of The Drifter.

'A powerful and absorbing story of friendship and courage, bringing to life a history that should never be forgotten. I could not put this book down, even as it broke my heart.' Kelly Rimmer

In 1941, country girls Minnie Hodgson and Margot McNee set sail from Perth, Australia, for Singapore in search of adventure, full of excitement and keen to do their part working as nurses to the fallen soldiers in a time of war. What they encounter is an army of new friends and the terrors of a city under siege.

When the Japanese attack and Singapore falls, they are forced to flee aboard the Vyner Brooke. The ship is bombed, resulting in utter devastation. Separated in the mayhem, one group of nurses find themselves in prisoner-of-war camps for the duration of the war, surviving on their wits, with humour, dignity, loyalty and determination. But another group of young Australian nurses – the girls on the beach – are washed ashore on Bangka Island, where they will meet a fate that must never be forgotten.

Inspired by the author’s own family story, this is an unforgettable novel of enduring friendship and boundless courage, based on the shocking true events of the Bangka Island Massacre. It is both a riveting tale and an important tribute to our brave nurses who sacrificed so much during World War II.

Praise for Anthea Hodgson:
‘A beautifully woven story which absolutely broke my heart and then mended it in the most bittersweet way.’ Amazon
The Drifter heralds the arrival of a strong and fresh new voice in Australian rural literature.’ Book Muster Down Under

  • Published: 9 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761344657
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

About the author

Anthea Hodgson

Anthea Hodgson is a country girl from the WA wheatbelt. She worked as a radio producer in WA, NSW and Queensland before returning to WA, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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Praise for The War Nurses

The single most stunning thing I have read in years. Brutal, unflinching, full of heart and soul, utterly necessary. I can't stop crying. This needs to be a movie.

Tess Woods

A powerful and absorbing story of friendship and courage, bringing to life a history that should never be forgotten. I could not put this book down, even as it broke my heart.

Kelly Rimmer

Based on a little-known piece of Australian history, this is a truly tragic tale but one that’s balanced with warmth and heart and the power of female friendship. The War Nurses is a must-read!

Rachael Johns

Powerful and unforgettable

Woman's Day

A tireless, fitting tribute.

Australian Women's Weekly

Awards & recognition

Ruby Romantic Book of the Year

Finalist  •  2024  •  Romantic elements category