Published: 15/11/2017
ISBN: 9781788039178
Format: Paperback

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Joan Rowe gave a well attended and very successful talk about her novel 'DUTY' at Morningside Library, Edinburgh on Wednesday 23rd April.The Edinburgh Reporter reviewed the talk. Go to rosemarykaye@go... read more

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Living with Shadows
Making the Pieces Fit
by Joan Rowe

Young Chaplain Crispen Honeybourn was terrified as he watched the men being hauled from the sea and the burning wreckage of their ship. He knew that he would perform many sea burials. He would comfort many more, including the frightened young nurses.

Their perilous journey to Malta and then home to Britain was fraught with danger, many crises and emotional trauma, but also much good-natured banter between Crispen and the nurses, who teased him about his name. That was until the strict bossy Sister Marjorie Mackintosh appeared. Then they were back on their best behaviour.

Patient 355, who had no uniform or identity papers, was badly injured suffering amnesia and terrifying flashbacks. He became the Chaplain's special concern. The hospital in Malta provided a brief period of respite, in spite of enemy ships lurking in the sea.

A music-hall type of entertainment was arranged and between the songs patients were quietly and carefully evacuated undercover of darkness, onto another hospital ship bound for home. Chaplain Honeybourn goes to extraordinary lengths to retrieve patient 355's identity.

In doing so he learns much about himself. He draws strength from Nurse Mabel Flowers and ponders whether they could possible have a future together.

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Joan Rowe spoke about her new book, DUTY, to an appreciative audience at South Queensferry Library on January 25th. Alistair McEwen, researcher and curator of online archive, 'Edinburgh's War' was an interested listener.Joan gave a very successful talk and signed books at Blackwells, Sheffield University on 9th February..talks with book groups in Edinburgh are planned.

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