One Pair of Feet
Monica Dickens, Marina Lewycka
‘I envy anyone yet to discover the joy of Monica Dickens. She’s beady eyed, big hearted and blissfully funny’ Nina Stibbe
‘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
As the effects of the war raging in Europe begins 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.
‘A brilliantly funny account of the first and only year of her training to be a nurse’ Elizabeth Bowen
My Turn to Make the Tea, Monica Dickens’s lively and entertaining novel about life as a female cub reporter on a regional newspaper, is also published as a Virago Modern Classic. If you enjoyed One Pair of Feet, you will love the novel that followed it.
Humorous, moving and fascinating -- Clare Mackintosh I envy anyone yet to discover the joy of Monica Dickens. She's beady eyed, big hearted and blissfully funny -- Nina Stibbe One Pair of Feet is not just a spirited and entertaining account 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 Monica's naked curiosity and general bolshiness are easy to identify with, and as a narrator she always tells us what we're longing to know - it's like listening to a friend's anecdote, and egging them on -- Lissa Evans A brilliantly funny account -- Elizabeth Bowen One of the most affectionate and humorous observers of the English scene -- John Betjeman
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