‘Over time, I nursed victims of war, the posh, the poor, the famous and the infamous… Oh, the stories I can tell!’
To 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.
I always have the attitude that I try not to judge a book by its cover. But when I saw the title included ‘Nurse’ I was a little nervous. I am not a fan of medical dramas on tv. I am squeamish so I was worried. I shouldn’t have been. Maggie Groff writes in such a comfortable style. I was happily shocked that the book was so funny. With one-liners that had me laughing out loud.
My favourite quote from the book is on page one ‘The god of bright young things has always had a custard tart ready to smack in the face of a girl like me’.
The only thing I didn’t love about the book was the cover and somewhat the title, I don’t feel either connects with the book. I found the cover very bland. It’s not something I would pick up in a store. Which is a shame as the content is such a fun, emotional journey.
Maggie Groff is a super storyteller. I fell in love with Margaret in the book. I loved her attitude and I hated the hard life lessons she had to experience. The book is a memoir of Maggie’s life, which she was inspired to write for her daughter. Who had no knowledge of her mums working life before she became an author. What a fabulous gift to give your daughter! Wow!
Not Your Average Nurse by Maggie Groff is released on the 18th May 2017 @TransworldBooks.
You can order your copy here: Amazon UK
#FavFive with Maggie Groff
What’s your favourite book cover by another author and why?
Not sure that I have a favourite, but the best book cover relating to a book’s content that I have ever seen was the 1966 Faber and Faber (UK) cover of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Ever diminishing black and white circles, it screamed of a trapped life spiralling out of control. It was intensely disturbing, like the book.
What is your favourite time to read?
In the afternoon when it’s raining. And in the afternoon when it isn’t raining.
Do you have a favourite snack to nibble whilst reading?
Feet up, a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate, and nibble isn’t the right word for the chocolate. Scoff is more accurate. Then I have a second cup of tea. I sip the tea.
Who is your favourite book character that has stayed with you long after the book ended?
There are quite a few, but today I’m leaning towards Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.
What is your favourite book quote?
Ha! Sir Percy Blakeney…
‘We seek him here, we seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!
Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell?
That demmed Elusive Pimpernel?
You can pre order your copy of Not Your Average Nurse today! : Amazon UK
Huge thanks to Maggie Groff and @TransworldBooks for my ARC of the book.
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