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Sisters In Arms
Nicola Tyrer

Classification : History
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Page Extent : 336
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9780297846581
Price : 1,325

About the book
The amazing experiences of the Queen Alexandra nurses in the Second World War form one of the greatest adventure stories of modern times, and -- incredibly -- remain largely untold. Thousands of middle-class girls, barely out of school, were plucked from sheltered backgrounds, subjected to training regimes unimaginable 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.
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Drawing on hitherto unpublished diaries and letters, Tyrer has produced a powerful and uplifing book that fizzes with anecdotal detail."
"this timely new book finally gives these marvellous and brave women the platform they deserve"
"While extolling their courage, Tyrer is warmly sympathetic to her flesh-and-blood subjects, their hopes, fears and hungers"
"anyone seeking a definition of the genuinely heroic should read Nicola Tyrer's moving account of Queen Alexandria's Imperial Military Nursing Service"
"The great strength of this powerful depiction of wartime nursing is the use made of contemporary accounts by the nurses themselves"
"Tyrer's prose, tripped of purple passage or poetic flourish, reflects a brisk journalistic commitments to gathering the last testimonies in a tale well worth telling"
     
Nicola Tyrer
Nicola Tyrer is a freelance journalist who works for the DAILY MAIL and DAILY TELEGRAPH. Her first book, THEY FOUGHT IN THE FIELDS, a history of the Land Army sold over 20,000 copies in hardback.
Books by Nicola Tyrer
Sisters In Arms (AC)
Sisters In Arms (PB)
Stolen Childhoods (PB)
Stolen Childhoods (HB)