Midwife of Borneo

The True Story of a Geordie Pioneer
 
 
Atlantic Books (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 15. November 2018
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  • 256 Seiten
 
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978-0-281-08031-1 (ISBN)
 

'Call the Midwife compellingly transposed from
the East End of London to the Borneo rainforest'
Lynne Tembey, Worldwide President of the Mothers' Union1959. Newcastle nurse Wendy Grey leaves her comfortable life and answers a call from people in Borneo to run a clinic in a place so remote, many there have never before seen a white woman. Until her arrival, medical witchcraft has been the norm. Nevertheless, Wendy quickly gains the trust of the locals, and they begin to flock to her for treatment. And - terrifyingly - when some require emergency surgery, she must also become anaesthetist and surgeon . . . or watch her patients die.

From treacherous journeys on land and water to tea parties with the governor; from tussles with snakes and scorpions to Scrabble with nuns; from struggling with illness to suddenly falling in love - this unique glimpse into contrasting sides of a lost colonial world is possible thanks to Wendy's detailed diaries, written by the light of an oil lamp in her bamboo and palm-leaf house.

Meanwhile, back home, churches throughout the UK are praying for the young woman in Borneo.

'A heart-warming adventure . . . a spellbinding narrative . . . a step into another world.' Mark Beaumont, adventurer, author and broadcaster

  • Englisch
  • La Vergne
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  • USA
  • 9,15 MB
978-0-281-08031-1 (9780281080311)
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Wendy Grey Rogerson was born in Newcastle and brought up in Northumberland. She trained as a nurse at Charing Cross Hospital in London, then returned to Newcastle where she worked as a midwife, district nurse and health visitor before going to Borneo. Wendy is a Lady Freeman of Newcastle upon Tyne, and she and her husband, an Anglican priest, live in Durham.

Barbara Fox grew up in Newcastle then moved to London where she worked as a journalist for the Radio Times and the Telegraph newspapers. She is the author of Is the Vicar in, Pet? (Sphere, 2014), When the War Is Over (Sphere, 2016), co-author of Bedpans and Bobby Socks (Sphere, 2011 - featured on Woman's Hour), and editor of Eve's War by Evelyn Shillington (Sphere, 2017).

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • List of photographs
  • Historical background
  • Main characters
  • Wendy in North Borneo
  • List of abbreviations
  • 1 The longhouse: October to November 1959
  • 2 'Who will go for us?' November to December 1959
  • 3 A hut and a jamban: December 1959 to April 1960
  • 4 The operating theatre: May 1960
  • 5 Travels with Arnold: May to June 1960
  • 6 Rags and riches: June to July 1960
  • 7 A hard chair and a bucket: July to August 1960
  • 8 The mission cat: September to December 1960
  • 9 A schoolboy surgeon: December 1960 to May 1961
  • 10 The first ice: May to June 1961
  • 11 Travels with my mother: June to September 1961
  • 12 An intruder: September to October 1961
  • 13 A view of the hills: October to December 1961
  • 14 A maze of rivers: December 1961 to February 1962
  • 15 Signals: February to March 1962
  • 16 Perfect days: March to May 1962
  • 17 Wild horses: May to June 1962
  • 18 Endings and beginnings: June to October 1962
  • Afterword
  • Glossary of Malay and Dusun words
  • Boats used by Wendy
  • Acknowledgements

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