Call Nurse Millie

Call Nurse Millie

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'A delightful, well researched story that really does depict nursing and the living conditions in the East End at the end of the war' Lesley Pearse

London is putting itself back together and twenty-five-year-old Millie is at the forefront of the effort as she tends to the East End community around her.

While she witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, Millie also finds strength and kindness as her training begins to pay off, helping her to bring her patients back to health and welcome babies into the world. But it's not only the patients that need Millie as matters of the heart bring both tears and joy for the young nurses.

With grit and gumption, Millie and her friends do their best to find their way through first loves and heartbreaks, and balancing their duty of care with looking after each other. But when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.

An absorbing and richly detailed novel following the life and work of a young nurse in post-war East London - perfect for anyone who loved CALL THE MIDWIFE.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 36mm | 300g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409137406
  • 9781409137405
  • 321,225

Review quote

A delightful, well researched story that really does depict nursing and the living conditions in the East End at the end of the war -- Lesley Pearse ..the characters are well rounded, the period and political details evoke nostalgia, and the patient's stories are convincingly and vividly told... The writing shines off the page and begs for a sequel * HISTORICAL NOVELS SOCIETY * Charming and full of detail about the work of a nurse in 1940s London, you will ride emotional highs and lows with each new birth and death. Beautifully written with some sharp dialogue * THE LADY * Warmth, humour and characters readers care about, are Fullerton's hallmarks. * PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH * A delightful, well researched story that really does depict nursing and the living conditions in the East End at the end of the war -- Lesley Pearce ...the characters are well rounded, the period and political details evoke nostalgia, and the patient's stories are convincingly and vividly told... The writing shines off the page and begs for a sequel * Historical Novel Society * Warmth, humour and characters readers care about, are Fullerton's hallmarks. * PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH * Charming and full of detail about the work of a nurse in 1940s London, you will ride emotional highs and lows with each new birth and death. Beautifully written with some sharp dialogue * THE LADY *
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About Jean Fullerton

Jean Fullerton is the author of seven historical novels. She is a qualified District and Queen's nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She is also a qualified teacher and spent twelve years lecturing on community nursing studies at a London university. She now writes full-time.

Find out more at www.jeanfullerton.com
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270 ratings
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4 33% (90)
3 10% (27)
2 2% (5)
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Our customer reviews

Right from the beginning, I found myself engrossed in this fascinating, well-written book. I am an incredible fan of historical fiction, and this was from a time period of which I knew very little--post WWII. It also takes place in England, and I was grateful for my knowledge of "English" phrases. I may have struggled to understand some of the terms otherwise. I completely fell in love with Millie. I was very grateful that the author did not make this a fairy-tale story with everyone living happily ever after. The reader is sure to find every kind of emotion imaginable from sorrow to joy to anger. However, our heroine overcame every obstacle in her own way. In spite of those that came against her, she prevailed and even triumphed both personally and professionally. I only have one or two criticisms, and they are quite mild. There is some profanity in the book, but mostly, those who speak it are the ones you would expect to do so. If I had been writing the book, I wouldn't have included the profanity, but I wasn't overly offended since there were very few instances of it. There is some implied sex in the book, but I was glad to see that the prevailing idea was that infidelity is not right. When the book ended, I was actually sad. I can only hope that the author writes a sequel because I feel that I want to know more about Millie. I learned so much about history during this time period, and it was well worth the read. Don't automatically assume that you know everything that will happen in the book. I found this book an absolute delight, and I would happily recommend it to just about anyone. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
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