Sisters in Arms

Sisters in Arms : British Army Nurses Tell Their Story

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The amazing experiences of the Queen Alexandra nurses in the World Wars is one of the greatest adventure stories of modern times, and -- incredibly -- remains largely untold. Thousands of middle-class girls, barely out of school, were plucked from sheltered backgrounds, subjected to training regimes unimaginably tough by today's standards, and sent forth to share the harsh conditions of the fighting services. They had to deal with the most appalling suffering, yet most found reserves of inner strength that carried them through episodes of unrelieved horror. Over 400 nurses died, torpedoed in hospital ships, bombed in field hospitals or murdered in Japanese prison camps. Dozens won medals for gallantry. From the beaches of Dunkirk, to Singapore and D-Day, they saw it all. Whether tending burned pilots from the Battle of Britain or improvising medical treatment in Japanese death camps, their dedication was second to none. This is their story.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 125 x 142 x 25mm | 188g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752897837
  • 9780752897837
  • 1,719,702

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'If you're easily shocked, listen to [this book] with the lights on. This excellent, but uncompromising, amalgam of historical documentation, eyewitness accounts, diary entries and letters gives a fresh, often harrowing, perpective of the war.' Who Do You Think You Are? '[This book] shows the nurses were just as heroic as the men whose wounds they tended... Absolutely inspiring.' -- Kati Nicholl Daily Express 'Barbara Flynn narrates with appropriate steeliness, while Sian Thomas gives distinctive voices to the many almost unimaginably brave women who did their damnedest, and more, to care for the wounded in appalling circumstances. It is a most impressive, humbling book.' -- Sue Gaisford INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Becoming a nurse might seem a tamer wartime option than flying, but its perils were, if anything, greater... This is ultimately an inspiring, rather than depressing, tale.' -- Christina Hardyment THE TIMES 'Tyrer has knitted together the history and the nurses' words most effectively, and the combination of Barbara Flynn as narrator and Sian Thomas performing the words of the women makes for an audio tour de force.' BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE 'A different slant on the horror and heroism of war, Nicola Tyrer's fascinating story about the famous Queen Alexandra army nurses is the best history I've read this year. Great stuff.' -- Sue Arnold GUARDIANshow more

About Nicola Tyrer

Nicola Tyrer is a freelance journalist who works for the DAILY MAIL and DAILY TELEGRAPH. Sian Thomas is an award-winning Welsh actress who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has appeared on stage, TV and in films such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in which she played Amelia Bones. She has won the Martini TMA Award for Best Actress as Yelena in Uncle Vanya on its Renaissance Tour and an Oliver Award Nomination for Best Comedy Performance as Vittoria in Countrymania at the RNT. Sian has read numerous audiobooks including East of the Sun and Sisters in Arms for Orion. Barbara Flynn began acting in her native Hastings whilst at school, and since leaving drama school has worked steadily across stage, film and television, creating and sustaining some memorable television characters.show more

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