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An incredible true story of a young nurse working in the East End of London during the Second World War.

In 1938, 18-year-old Phyllis Ellsworth packs her bags, says good-bye to her anxious parents and sets off from her quiet seaside home for the Hackney Hospital in London's bustling East End, where she is to fulfill her dream to train as a nurse.

At first it is a whirlwind of long days, hard work, new friends and plenty of mischief, but just 10 months later Britain declares war on Germany, and life at the hospital is transformed. Phyll's days become an endless cycle of air-raid sirens, injured servicemen and anxiously waiting for news of loved ones.

And when she falls in love with a handsome young solider, Alistair, Phyll's work provides the only distraction from worrying about his safety.

Bandaging the Blitz is a true story of coming of age in terrible times, of the blossoming of first romance into a life-long love affair, and of a young woman whose eagerness to do good in the world brought her suddenly face to face with death and drama in all its many guises.

©2015 Phyll Macdonald-Ross and I. D. Roberts (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Left me wanting to know more!

I enjoyed very much reading about Nurse Ross' Blitz experiences - but would love to learn more about the individuals she met and helped. Also, having just finished the book, I'm now curious about how long she stayed in Scotland, how many children they had, and if she went into midwifery,
etc! Great read that left me wanting more.

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  • Alison Boniface
  • 04-29-16

Loved it

This book made me laugh, cry and feel as if I was immersed in ww2 with them all
It reminded me of every reason I became a nurse
An absolute must for all fans of wartime stories
Especially those with an interest in nursing at that time
To sum it up a Fantastic book

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  • J. A. Hill
  • 02-12-16

Fantastic story about life in the Blitz

This is a very sweet story about living and growing up through one of the darkest times in our history. Training as a nurse in Hackney the author had to live through some of the Blitz bombing and describes events very well. The book does not cover as much about the blitz as I expected but more about general life in London and getting evacuated and getting on the with business of training to be a nurse.

Very enjoyable book with great narration.

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  • Nicola
  • 09-16-16

wow

what a wonderful memoir. Beautifully read. Throughly enjoyed it. I really wanted to know what happened next.