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There is no other vocation on the planet quite like nursing; a  profession that has found itself practicing from the deathly trenches of war to cutting-edge, sterile modern hospitals. However, throughout the century during which nursing came into its own, one thing hasn’t changed – the dedication of those who wake up each day to care for people they don’t even know.

Dr Sally Lawton has spent her professional career doing exactly that and, capitalising on her interest for researching wartime nursing, has now crafted a novel unlike anything else on the market.
 
Synopsis of ‘The nurse who found herself in 1916’:


Charlotte Robertson is a qualified nurse who arrives in Northern France in 1916 to report to a Casualty Clearing Station as part of the Territorial Nursing Service. There are new colleagues to meet, unfamiliar patients to care for, ward routines and procedures to learn. However, Charlotte feels totally lost as she had left home for a restorative holiday earlier that day in the year 2001. She has no idea how she ended up in France, what to do next or how to return home. This is the story of what happens to her.
 
“It took me eight years to write the novel, poring over hundreds of original books, diaries, cuttings and journals during the narrative’s development,” explains the author. “I even went as far as creating medical notes for each patient, so they had their own stories to tell. It’s ultimately a story about the uncertainty of the times, both from Charlotte’s perspective and those of her patients. There has been no other time like it in nursing history; when the focus was on nursing badly injured men back to health not to return them to their families, but to transport them back to the front lines.”

Continuing, “Initial feedback has been extremely positive. In fact, many older nurses have read it and commented that it reminded them of their own training days. It’s historically extremely accurate, which melds perfectly alongside the thick fiction idea of time travel.”

Indeed, reviews have been impressive. Cici comments, “A fantastic book to read with clever twists in the storyline. The author clearly has thoroughly researched nursing in the first world war and this is demonstrated throughout the book. Would highly recommend this book as it is an intriguing read which leaves you asking questions and wanting to know more.”

Ro Moore adds, “Found myself picking up this book up at 10pm and couldn’t put it down until the final full stop on the final page. The story is approachable and brings in another view of the horrors of 1916 war time, well researched and very well written. Hopefully there will be a return journey as it is an intriguing read which leaves you asking questions and wanting to know more.”

‘The nurse who found herself in 1916’ is available now: Here!
 
About the Author:

Dr Sally Lawton trained as a nurse and spent most of her career working in nurse education. Her last post before retiring was running an education unit for a regional palliative care department within NHS Grampian. She has an ongoing interest about nursing in World War 1 and had collected a number of books and diaries about the 'Great War' over the years.

She was reading a case study about a soldier with a self-inflicted injury in a 1915 diary a few years ago and wondered what she would have done in the same situation. The idea for her book was born!

 

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