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One pair of feet

One pair of feet

Dickens, Monica, 1915-1992, author

As the effects of the war raging in Europe begin to be felt at home in London, Monica Dickens decides to do her bit and to pursue a new career, and so enrols as a student nurse at a hospital in rural Hertfordshire. By nature clever and spirited, she struggles to submit to the iron rule of the Matron and Sisters, and is alternately infuriated and charmed by her patients. That's not to mention the mountains of menial work that are a trainee's lot. But there are friends among the staff and patients, night-time escapades to dances with dashing army men, and her secret writing project to keep her going

Book. English.
New] edition
Published London: Virago, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Monica Dickens
Edition statement: introduced by Marina Lewycka.
ISBN: 1844089088, 9781844089086
Physical Description: xii, 241 pages ; 20 cm.
Series: Virago modern classics ; 595
Subject: Nurses Great Britain.; World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, British.; World War, 1939-1945 Medical care.; Dickens, Monica, 1915-1992.; Warfare and Defence.
Series Title: Virago modern classics ; 595.

Author note

Monica Dickens (1915-92) was born into a well-to-do London family and was the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. Chafing against her background and having been expelled from St Paul's Girls School, she trained as a domestic servant and her experiences inspired her first memoir, One Pair of Hands (1939). She then turned to nursing, and produced One Pair of Feet (1942). She wrote numerous novels and memoirs, and found huge popular recognition as creator of the TV and children's books series Follyfoot. In the 1950s she moved to the US, and remained there for much of her life, writing and doing humanitarian work - she founded the US branch of the Samaritans - before returning to the UK in 1985.

Reviews

One Pair of Feet is not just a spirited and entertaining account of the training of a hospital nurse in wartime but a fascinating glimpse into a time and a culture so recent and yet so utterly changed.
Marina Lewycka||A brilliantly funny account.||Cheerful impudence ... And occasional touches of pathos.

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'One Pair of Feet is not just a spirited and entertaining account of the training of a hospital nurse in wartime but a fascinating glimpse into a time and a culture so recent and yet so utterly changed' Marina Lewycka

'A brilliantly funny account' Elizabeth Bowen

As the effects of the war raging in Europe begin to be felt at home in London, Monica Dickens decides to do her bit and to pursue a new career, and so enrolls as a student nurse at a hospital in rural Hertfordshire. By nature clever and spirited, she struggles to submit to the iron rule of the Matron and Sisters, and is alternately infuriated and charmed by her patients. That's not to mention the mountains of menial work that are a trainee's lot. But there are friends among the staff and patients, night-time escapades to dances with dashing army men, and her secret writing project to keep her going. Dickens' classic memoir of her experiences as a young nurse in wartime is richly observed and highly entertaining.