For a young girl the life of a nurse sounds exciting, but with long hours and short shrift it’s never easy. So when Maggie Groff embarks on her training at London’s King’s College Hospital she must quickly get to grips with a demanding career. It’s sink or swim.
From the watchful gaze of stern sisters and the trials of nursing on a poor south-east London housing estate, to the explosive dramas of staff health checks at sophisticated Selfridges, Maggie shares warm and witty stories of mistakes and mayhem, tea and sympathy, and the life-affirming moments that make it all worthwhile.
Played out against the march of feminism and fashion, IRA bombings and the iconic music and movies of almost half a century ago, Not Your Average Nurse is a delightful romp through time.
A truly inspirational story of how one young lady facing all sorts of challenges never gave up and became a nurse and a very good one at that.
Maggie wrote this book so well and was honest throughout the whole book, detailing the ins and outs of the NHS and how it wasn’t so simple to become a nurse . She had to work in all different departments to gain experience, some she liked better than others, the same applies for her colleagues – some she got on with others she didn’t – especially Dr Wolfbane (what a creep!!).
I loved reading all about the different patients especially Mr Gribble and his tattoo ! I have told many of my friends about his famous tattoo ! There were a really mixture of patients and their stories in this book. I pitied a lot of them especially poor Mr Clegg where as there were others that took up NHS beds that didn’t really need to like Mr Jones ! But back then people were hospitalised for little things – something that the NHS wouldn’t put up with today.
Whilst reading this, I would either be imagining ‘Carry On Doctor’ , ‘Call the Midwife’ or ‘The Royal’, I really got a feel for how the hospitals would have looked, felt and even smelt because of how descriptive the story was.
Thanks to Rosie Margesson at Transworld Books for sending me a proof, which I rate a well deserved 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️