Sisters of the East End

Author: Helen Batten

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144817564X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Heart-warming tales of nursing and midwifery from the Sisters who worked with Jennifer Worth. ‘A second’s silence and then an almighty scream. It was the most moving thing I had ever seen ... A baby, a real live baby, another human life had entered the world. It didn’t seem possible and yet I had witnessed it with my very own eyes.’ Born into a happy working-class North London family in the mid-twentieth century, Katie is determined to ‘do something’ with her life. Working in the impoverished East End in the 1950s, she meets the Sisters of St John the Divine – a community of nuns dedicated to nursing and midwifery. The Sisters have been present at births, cared for the sick and laid out the dead of the East Enders for a hundred years, and Katie soon joins them to start her journey to becoming Sister Catherine Mary. As a nurse and midwife, Katie learns to deal with everything from strokes to breech births. Tragedy is never far away, but there are also moments of pure joy as lives are saved and the Poplar residents rally round. As a young novice Katie rallies against the vow of obedience, yet over the years learns much about the nature of dedication and love. Full of desperate hardship, humour and compassion, Katie’s story brings to life the unique world of these nursing Sisters in London’s East End. Sister Catherine Mary’s story was written by Helen Batten after in-depth interviews with today’s Sisters of the Community of St John the Divine. The Community of St John the Divine was founded in 1848 in a bid to make nursing a respectable profession. Early Sisters worked in the Crimea with Florence Nightingale and were instrumental in developing recognised training and qualifications for nurses and midwives. In the early 20th century they were working in areas such as Poplar and Deptford becoming a treasured part of the community. Today the Sisterhood is based in Birmingham and their website is www.csjd.org.uk. Helen Batten studied history at Cambridge and then journalism at Cardiff University. She went on to become a producer and director at the BBC and now works as a writer and a psychotherapist. She lives in West London with her three daughters.
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The Dark Room

Author: Minette Walters

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330528521

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

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Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award, The Dark Room is the psychological thriller from crime queen Minette Walters. Something else had happened . . . Something so terrible that she was too frightened to search her memory for it . . . The newspapers reported the case with relish. Jane (Jinx) Kingsley, fashion photographer and heiress, tries to kill herself after being unceremoniously jilted by her fiancé, who has since disappeared – together with Jinx's best friend Meg Harris . . . But when Jinx wakes from her coma, she can remember nothing about her alleged suicide attempt. With the help of Dr Alan Protheroe of the Nightingale Clinic, she slowly begins to piece together the fragments of the last few weeks. Then the memories begin to surface . . . memories of utter desperation and absolute terror.
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The Tailor of Panama

Author: John Le Carré

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1844568989

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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It was a perfectly ordinary Friday afternoon in tropical Panama until Andrew Osnard barged into Harry Pendel’s shop asking to be measured for a suit. So begins John le Carré’s dazzling new novel set in contemporary Panama, reluctant host and future owner of the second largest gateway to world trade. Harry Pendel, Jewish-Irish foster child, is the charismatic proprietor and guiding genius of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada, Tailors to Royalty, formerly of Savile Row, through whose doors passes everyone who is anyone in Central America. Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshly, is an Old Etonian and spy. His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal at midday on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him. And Osnard knows more about Pendel than Pendel knows himself . . . Already acclaimed as one of the most skilled, entertaining and important novelists writing today, John le Carré has written a book of such poignant drama, perfect characterisation, humour and sadness that it will be regarded as a masterpiece.
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Say Little, Do Much

Nursing, Nuns, and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Sioban Nelson

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812202902

Category: Medical

Page: 240

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In the nineteenth century, more than a third of American hospitals were established and run by women with religious vocations. In Say Little, Do Much, Sioban Nelson casts light on the work of these women's religious communities. According to Nelson, the popular view that nursing invented itself in the second half of the nineteenth century is historically inaccurate and dismissive of the major advances in the care of the sick as a serious and skilled activity, an activity that originated in seventeenth-century France with Vincent de Paul's Daughters of Charity. In this comparative, contextual, and critical work, Nelson demonstrates how modern nursing developed from the complex interplay of the Catholic emancipation in Britain and Ireland, the resurgence of the Irish Church, the Irish diaspora, and the mass migrations of the German, Italian, and Polish Catholic communities to the previously Protestant strongholds of North America and mainland Britain. In particular, Nelson follows the nursing Daughters of Charity through the French Revolution and the Second Empire, documenting the relationship that developed between the French nursing orders and the Irish Catholic Church during this period. This relationship, she argues, was to have major significance for the development of nursing in the English-speaking world.
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Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies

Author: Doug Eastcott

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd

ISBN: 1897522630

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 408

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Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies describes 228 mountain bike trails in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia. Completely revised and updated, the third edition introduces more than 50 exciting new trails, including trails in three new riding areas - Nordegg, Invermere and Cranbrook. Whether you're a beginner, an expert ridger or a hard-core backcountry traveller, this book gives you all the essential information to make your trip safe and fun.
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The Midwife's Sister

The Story of Call The Midwife's Jennifer Worth by her sister Christine

Author: Christine Lee

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447282639

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 1940

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'Our childhood came to an end when our parents parted and from then on Jennifer was placed in the impossible position of having to be a parent to me, her sister. I shall always be grateful for her protection . . .' Millions have fallen in love with Jennifer Worth and her experiences in the East End as chronicled in Call the Midwife but little is known about her life outside this period. Now, in this moving and evocative memoir, Jennifer's sister, Christine, takes us from their early idyllic years to the cruelty and neglect they suffered after their parents divorced, from Jennifer being forced to leave home at fourteen to their training as nurses. After leaving nursing Jennifer took up a career in music, her first love, and Christine became a sculptor, but through marriages and children, joy and heartbreak, their lives remained intertwined. Absorbing and emotional, The Midwife's Sister by Christine Lee is testimony to an enduring bond between two extraordinary women.
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A Gazetteer of the Province of Upper Canada

To which is Added, an Appendix, Describing the Principal Towns, Fortifications and Rivers in Lower Canada

Author: Sir David William Smyth

Publisher: New-York : Prior and Dunning

ISBN: N.A

Category: Names, Geographical

Page: 83

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The Princess Sisters

Author: A. Russell Bailey

Publisher: Inspiring Voices

ISBN: 1462401104

Category: Fiction

Page: 366

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It is 1860, and Robert Knight is praying. Destined to take over a struggling West Texas ranch, Robert has his work cut out for him. Despite knowing that his new ranch is vulnerable to Mexican rustlers and that a neighbor already despises him and his Christian values, Robert still holds one goal above all others: to find a wife—and quick. As Robert settles into life on the ranch, he intently watches from horseback one day as the first train full of dignitaries pulls into Haggard, Texas. All seems normal until he suddenly sees three hoodlums approach the train and drag a woman out against her will. Robert initiates a fierce gun battle where he eventually emerges the victor. After he takes the woman to the safety of his ranch, Robert soon realizes that he has not rescued just any woman. He has saved Elizabeth Abdullah from the claws of a radical group who want her dead. Unbeknownst to Robert, Elizabeth is facing an enormous duty: to marry a prince and become the mother of the next male regent of the island of Donoscia-este. In this historical tale, a future princess and her two sisters somehow find their lives intertwined with a young, adventurous West Texas cattle rancher who must rely on his faith—and God’s wisdom—to help him lead everyone in the right direction.
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The Story of the 'Domus Dei' of Portsmouth

Commonly Called the Royal Garrison Church

Author: Henry Press Wright

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110804462X

Category: History

Page: 282

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This 1873 publication by a military chaplain was intended to encourage donations towards the restoration of a historic landmark church.
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My Sister's Veil

Author: K.C. Marshall

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462836956

Category: Drama

Page: 211

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PREFACE MY SISTERS VEIL(a poem) Tonis Veil: A beautiful face is never enough To guarantee love, success, and trust. Torn and conflicted by what they see and say Maybe theyre right Its better their way. They always win, So of course we would choose To perpetrate a look That will never lose. Ill just take it to the twelfth degree So it appears self righteously To be me. So bury the mirror, And who you really see. And bury the hatred Of who you really be. Then its easy to forget the grief And promise yourself You can become A respectable Thief! Terris Veil: Restless and young With nothing to lose. Thrown into your world Unblemished, unbruised. Ready to grow, and trust and learn, But guns fill your hands before you discern The value of life, community and respect A simple way to mask your intellect. Apprentice of self-destruction, A king with no crown Frustrated and confused, By the systematic run around. Yet a gnarly lesson awaits to prove Its by your own hand You win or you lose! Tinas Veil: Abandoned and ashamed Afraid and unloved I hid my pain As innocently as a dove. The Lord answers prayers So invisible Ill be cause my blllack and nappy Embarrasses thee. If only but For a genuine veil, Id lose myself In self-medicated hell. But no need to worry, No need to fret Their yaki hair and blue contacts Are easy to get. Spare not a dime For value and worth Designer labels and gold To our pride gives birth. So strut on high, and lively, and proud As you die slowly With a legacy Broken and loud!
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