Nurses,Nursing,Florence Nightingale,Crimean War,First World War,World War One,second world war,World War Two,Christmas,Easter,Valentine's Day,english festivals,Laurence Whistler,Rex Whistler

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‘Stella Bingham is a natural communicator... a fine and popular history of nursing.’
Yvonne McEwen

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‘Take off your coat,’ said the doctor. I took it off. ‘And your dress,’ he said. ‘It’s too dangerous – the folds may catch in the debris and bring the whole thing down.’ I took off the dress. ‘Fine,’ he said shortly. ‘It’ll have to be head first. We’ll hold your thighs. Go down and see if it’s possible to give an injection. Can you grip the torch with your teeth?’

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‘You don’t want to mind about any of this,’ said the driver, waving a hand at the grey ruins and the greyer dust. ‘In a few days you’ll be so used to it that you’ll like them. Berlin’s a grand place! I’d rather be here than anywhere else in the world, and that’s a fact.’

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“I never used any other drug but the clear cocaine and I believe that I am the only living person in the world to-day who ever took two hundred grains in twenty-four hours and survived.”

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‘I love Walton’s work for its deftness in combining high culture with demotic allusions. Michael Douglas, the Simpsons and Dolly Parton jostle Schopenhauer, Sophocles and Adorno in his pages.’ Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The Times

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‘Like any good cocktail, this book brings together tasty ingredients in a delicious mix.’ Boston Herald

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“There is scholarship here about the past, and delight in the festivals of today… a book that will be delightful to pick up again at any time of the year.”
Sunday Times

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For children the day begins with a weight on the toes, long, angular, and many-faceted as a leg by Picasso. The stocking should be opened by candlelight: no other light is resonant at that high frequency of excitement.

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