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Patricia Ferguson was brought up in Kent, read history at Leeds university, and completed a two-year graduate nursing course at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. This was at rather the end of an era; she was perhaps amongst the very last young women shown how to coax starched linen hats into the requisite five pleats, or told that pillow cases must always face away from the ward entrance; but she was also taught many vital and graceful nursing techniques.
Pat loved the obstetrics part of the course, and completed midwifery training too. She had always wanted to write and finished her first novel, Family Myths and Legends, whilst working as an obstetric nurse in Canada. This won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask, and the Da
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Patricia Ferguson it was Bea all the time - by the time of their engagement both Joe and Grace suspect this (see p 331) but realise that it's the last thing Violet…moreit was Bea all the time - by the time of their engagement both Joe and Grace suspect this (see p 331) but realise that it's the last thing Violet would actually want to know. So they don't tell her.
There's another book, Aren't We Sisters? that for me is Part Two of The Midwife's Daughter. I hope you'll enjoy that one too. best wishes, Pat Ferguson(less)
Patricia Ferguson Hallo, Kimberly. I love the sort of historical novels that feel authentic without making me aware that the author's done lots of research. Like Hilary…moreHallo, Kimberly. I love the sort of historical novels that feel authentic without making me aware that the author's done lots of research. Like Hilary Mantel's books about Cromwell, for example. I also love Maria McCann's work - have you tried As Meat Loves Salt? or Ace, King, Knave? None of these books has any sort of rosy view about what the past was like. The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennet is another of my favourites. Best wishes, Pat(less)
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