Sisters of the East End

A 1950s Nurse and Midwife
Author: Helen Batten
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 144817564X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 6777
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 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.

The Dark Room

Author: Minette Walters
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330528521
Category: Fiction
Page: 528
View: 3126
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.

The Tailor of Panama

Author: John Le Carré
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1844568989
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
View: 1494
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.

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
View: 2083
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.

The Catholic Directory of England and Wales

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 9883

Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies

Author: Doug Eastcott
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
ISBN: 1897522630
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 408
View: 2994
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.

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: 8168
'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.

The Princess Sisters

Author: A. Russell Bailey
Publisher: Inspiring Voices
ISBN: 1462401104
Category: Fiction
Page: 366
View: 4848
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.

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
View: 8343
This 1873 publication by a military chaplain was intended to encourage donations towards the restoration of a historic landmark church.

Longarm #286: Longarm and the Druid Sisters

Author: Tabor Evans
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101179253
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
View: 4861
In a town full of ladies, Longarm does his duty. And he does his job, too. Longarm figures checking up on the Harrisonville post office will be a no-hassle assignment. He figures wrong. Dead wrong. The people of Harrisonville are fishy with more than their mail service. They call themselves Druids. They have no men, no saloons, no horses—and they don’t take kindly to strangers. Especially ones who show up asking all the wrong questions. But when these strange gals get rough, Longarm shows them what rough really is.

The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride

Author: Victoria Alexander
Publisher: Zebra Books
ISBN: 1420132253
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 511
"Sparkling dialogue and endearing characters make this an enthralling read." --Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author The bride and groom cordially request the presence of. . . The bride's sister, Delilah, the very proper widowed Lady Hargate, and Samuel Russell, the groom's friend, a very eligible, slightly improper bachelor, at their upcoming wedding. Lady Hargate and Mr. Russell, previously acquainted during one unforgettable night in New York City when caution--and clothing--were thrown to the wind will choose to pretend they have never met before. The lady plans to avoid love and its complications at all costs.The gentleman intends to change her mind. Guests are invited to enjoy the many diversions of Millworth Manor--delightful grounds, lavish drawing rooms, secluded corners--and the chance to discover that one night may have been only the beginning. . . Praise for Victoria Alexander "The perfect holiday treat." –The Chicago Tribune on What Happens at Christmas

The End of Days

Author: Jenny Erpenbeck
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811221938
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 9618
Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for the best translated novel of 2014, now a New Directions paperback Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Hans Fallada Prize, The End of Days, by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, consists essentially of five “books,” each leading to a different death of the same unnamed female protagonist. How could it all have gone differently?—the narrator asks in the intermezzos. The first chapter begins with the death of a baby in the early twentieth-century Hapsburg Empire. In the next chapter, the same girl grows up in Vienna after World War I, but a pact she makes with a young man leads to a second death. In the next scenario, she survives adolescence and moves to Russia with her husband. Both are dedicated Communists, yet our heroine ends up in a labor camp. But her fate does not end there…. A novel of incredible breadth and amazing concision, The End of Days offers a unique overview of the twentieth century.

High Arena (and Buttercup's Run)

Science-Fiction Action Adventure Stories
Author: James Nathan Post
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595167829
Category: Fiction
Page: 298
View: 8002
Written to accompany movies, the two novellas (and an imbedded surprise) are fast-paced light action adventure stories, fulled with fun and humor, and a delightful collection of strange characters. In post-apocalyptic High Arena, a family of nomadic free traders in the high Rockies must confront an authoritarian survival group in control of the only pass to the south. Their hope lies in Joker, who flies an antique ultralight "skycyk" airplane. In Buttercup's Run, a mismatched mercenary team must move a politically-sensitive cargo across Mexico in a computerized super-truck with a mind of her own, pursued by a gallery of experts and idiots.

Antiquarian and Topographical Cabinet

Containing a Series of Elegant Views of the Most Interesting Objects of Curiosity in Great Britain
Author: James Sargant Storer
Publisher: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: N.A
View: 3667

Ethnicity: Anthropological Constructions

Author: Marcus Banks
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134899610
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
View: 4544
Ethnicity has been a key concept in anthropology and sociology for many years, yet many people still seem uncertain as to its meaning, its relevance, and its relationship to other concepts such as `race' and nationalism. In Ethnicity: Anthropological Constructions the major anthropological and sociological approaches to ethnicity, covering much of the significant literature and leading authors, are outlined clearly and concisely.

Antiquarian and Topographical Cabinet

Containing a Series of Elegant Views of the Most Interesting Objects of Curiosity in Great Britain. Accompanied with Letter-press Descriptions ...
Author: James Storer
Publisher: N.A
Category: Great Britain
Page: N.A
View: 5735

Sisters of Fortune

America's Caton Sisters at Home and Abroad
Author: Jehanne Wake
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451607636
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
View: 2057
The first American heiresses took Britain by storm in 1816, two generations before the great late Victorian beauties. Marianne, Louisa, Emily and Bess Caton were descended from the first settlers in Maryland, and brought up in Baltimore by their grandfather Charles Carroll, one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The Case Against Assisted Suicide

For the Right to End-of-Life Care
Author: Kathleen M. Foley,Herbert Hendin
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801867927
Category: Medical
Page: 371
View: 7544
"A major contribution to our understanding of the practice, theory, and limitations of assisted suicide and euthanasia in seriously ill patients. The book is superbly written and intellectually challenging. I am convinced that it will become standard reading for all -- whether advocates or opponents of assisted suicide -- who want to think more deeply and learn more about what we need to do to improve end-of-life care." -- The Lancet "The writing is of uniformly high quality, and the book achieves stylistic consistency while still reflecting an individual voice in each chapter. The book is sorely needed." -- New England Journal of Medicine "The methods of palliative care, or comfort care, have in the past few decades reached a level of effectiveness such that suffering thought at first to be intractable can almost always be relieved. And this is the ultimate message of this vastly important book that now makes its timely appearance." -- New Republic

Farewell To The East End

Author: Jennifer Worth
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0297857797
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
View: 727
The third and final book in the bestselling CALL THE MIDWIFE series, the basis of the major BBC TV series. This final book in Jennifer Worth's memories of her time as a midwife in London's East end brings her story full circle. As always there are heartbreaking stories such as the family devastated by tuberculosis and a ship's woman who 'serviced' the entire crew, as well as plenty of humour and warmth, such as the tale of two women who shared the same husband! Other stories cover backstreet abortions, the changing life of the docklands, infanticide, as well as the lives of the inhabitants of Nonnatus House. We discover what happens with the gauche debutant Chummy and her equally gauche policeman; will Sister Monica Joan continue her life of crime? Will Sister Evangelina ever crack a smile? And what of Jennifer herself? The book not only details the final years of the tenements but also of Jennifer's journey as she moves on from the close community of nuns, and her life takes a new path.


A Journey Through Gangland Mayhem
Author: David Leslie,Ian MacDonald
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780575769
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
View: 3288
As a young man in Glasgow’s underworld, Ian ‘Blink’ MacDonald fought, robbed and slashed his way to the top, developing a taste for the high life along the way. His notoriety earned him an offer of work from Scotland’s most feared gangster, Arthur Thompson, but MacDonald had other plans: to finance a new life in Spain with the multimillion-pound proceeds of a high-risk armed bank robbery. But the job went badly wrong, and MacDonald was jailed for 16 years. In prison, he met scores of high-profile inmates, including torture-gang boss Eddie Richardson, high-society serial killer Archie Hall, notorious lifer Charles Bronson and Ronnie O’Sullivan senior, father of the snooker star. On his release, MacDonald became a magnet for trouble, enjoying a hedonistic, drug-fuelled lifestyle and finding himself drawn into conflict with police, gangsters and businessmen. Rearrested several times, he was the target of more than one terrifying murder attempt. In Blink, MacDonald provides an eye-opening account of his highly eventful journey through life in Glasgow’s brutal gangland.