Paperback review: Sisters, By Barbara Mortimer
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 22 March 2013
These “Heroic true-life stories from the nurses of World War Two” are moving oral histories, spoken by nurses in short interview form.
Beginning with their training just before the war, it takes us into the Battle of Britain and military nursing abroad.
We hear a vast range of voices, from a Jewish refugee training in Ealing (“Everyone said I wouldn’t like it [Ealing] and I didn’t”) to a Sister posted to Basra and a partially trained Jewish nurse in Egypt (“The hospital was built in tents”).
A fascinating slice of lived history.
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