Flora's War

Flora's War

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It's 1915 and sixteen-year-old Australian Flora Wentworth is visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli. Flora's comfortable life is turned upside down when a hospital visit thrusts her into the realities of World War 1. She is soon transporting injured soldiers and helping out exhausted nurses - managing to fall in love along the way. As Flora battles to save lives and find her own, a tragic misunderstanding changes everything...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 243 pages
  • 131 x 196mm | 245g
  • Australia
  • English
  • 192166598X
  • 9781921665981

About Pamela Rushby

Pamela Rushby lives in Brisbane with her husband, son and six visiting scrub turkeys. Pam has worked in advertising; as a pre-school teacher; and as a writer and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia. She has won several awards, including a Literature Board of the Australia Council grant to work on archaeological excavations in Egypt and Jordan; a Churchill Fellowship to study educational television in Canada; the Ethel Turner Prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards; and a bag of gold coins at a film festival in Iran. Her website is www.pamelarushby.com
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55 ratings
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Flora’s War Pamela Rushy ISBN 9781921665981 Ford Street Publishing Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby opens with a confronting, but honest description of the stench coming off wounded soldiers transported by train from the battlefields of Gallipoli, to the city of Cairo. Through Flora we become familiar with the routine and poise of volunteer drivers as they transport wounded soldiers from trains to the hospital nearby. Australian girl, Flora is a seasoned traveller to Cairo, accompanying her archaeologist father Mr Wentworth on his yearly excavations of tombs and pyramids, organised by the highly connected agent Mr Khalid. Having turned 16, this will be Flora’s first season as an adult, who will be working as her father’s assistant. She is excited by the prospect that she will be able to experience the glittering social life Cairo has to offer, as she makes her debut along with her great friend Gwen; the daughter of Professor Travers, an Archaeologist at Boston University. This historical novel shows the impact of war on the city of Cairo. How its citizens rallied together to assist with the enormous influx of wounded soldiers pouring in from Gallipoli. We see how volunteer organisations, such as Lady Bellamy’s Rest and Recreation Centre for Soldiers provided much needed support to overwhelmed ambulance officers, doctors and nurses. It is a coming of age story, showing Flora’s maturity as a driver and hospital volunteer, but also revealing her inability to comprehend the complex psychological trauma, suffered by the soldiers. It is a fresh telling of the Gallipoli campaign, showing how war provided opportunities for women to actively participate in the running of society on an equal footing with men. This book is a gem, and I have no doubt will act as a great resource when teaching students about Australia’s participation in the First World War.show more
by Robyn Donoghue
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