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Thank you, Jean for sharing your WIP with us today....
Hi there everyone and thank you to Carol for inviting me to share a little bit about my WIP with you.
At the moment I’m editing my book, Call Nurse Millie, which is due out in February 2013. Millie is a district nurse and midwife in post-war East London. Her story starts on VE day, in May 1945 and runs through until a few months before the introduction of the NHS in 1948.
We follow her, and her fellow nurse, as they experience the euphoria in London at the end of the Second World War along with the challenges faced by the inhabitants as they try to put their lives back together. It is a time of shortage and rationing but also a time of great optimism for the future. It was also a time for romance as Millie finds out when she meets Alex Nolan, a local police sergeant. He has returned from the war and now has a burning ambition to grab the opportunities in this ‘Brave New World’.
This is a bit of a jump forward in time for me as my last four books were all set in the mid-Victorian era. However, Millie cycles to nurse her patients she does so along the same Wapping and Shadwell streets where my previous character played out their stories. This has allowed me the untold joy of revisiting the area of London I know so well and love so much.
It has also allowed me to draw on two new strands of my own story. My immediate family, sadly now departed, whose lives and experiences I have incorporated into Millie’s story. The other strand was my own profession as a Queen’s nurse.
Having worked as a District Nurse in East London for almost twenty years I have not only used my nursing experience to bring Millie’s story to life but have been able to delve into my profession history to discover how my predecessors cared for their patient.
Having poured over numerous 1940s nursing and medical books I can now make a mustard poultice, know how long to bake dressing in the oven to sterilize them and the correct way to rig up steam tent in a bedroom for child with whooping cough.
Although it’s not out for some time and Amazon hasn’t even got the title up yet, you can pre-order Call Nurse Millie at the following link:
However, if you’d like to immerse yourself in East London before then you can find my previous books No Cure for Love, A Glimpse at Happiness, Perhaps Tomorrow and my latest release, Hold on to Hope, on Amazon in both paperback and kindle.
Find out more on me, my books and my East End roots on www.Jeanfullerton.com ,
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Thanks for taking the time.