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Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle (2012)

by Mary J. MacLeod

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The author recalls her time living and working as a nurse on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides.

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In the early 1970’s the MacLeod family decides to move to a small island in the Hebrides, where author Mary J will be the district nurse.

Nothing fancy, nothing intellectual, but a loving look at a people and their culture in the far norther islands of Scotland. The author’s love of the place and characters shines through but the writing is pedestrian. Some of the incidents are interesting but this book could have benefitted from a professional ghostwriter. Still worth a quick read if you’re at all interested in the Scottish Isles. ( )
  Matke | Jul 23, 2022 |
I live deep in the southern hemisphere, but have travelled and stayed on a Hebridean Island, and therefore really enjoyed reading about the lives and work experiences of locals, albeit from a decade or two ago. I found this an easy book to read, to pick up and put down, or have a longer session. ( )
  Carole46 | Apr 30, 2022 |
How did I fail to review the first one? I loved this book -- I love Mary-J's voice; her interesting stories; her ability to transport the reader to a vastly different time and place. Great stuff. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
Simple quick read and I learned much about Scottish Celt ways on the islands. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
This is probably an overly generous rating but having visited the Hebrides and fallen in love with the islands I found the book very interesting. There’s no real through line; each chapter is a tale in itself but many of the islanders make repeat appearances and the reader gets a real feel for the tough but beautiful life here. Granted, much time has passed since the book was written and the islands have had to change with the times. ( )
  PattyLee | Dec 14, 2021 |
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The author recalls her time living and working as a nurse on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides.

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Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near-derelict croft house--a farmer's stone cottage--on "a small acre" of land. Mary assumed duties as the island's district nurse. Call the Nurse is her account of the enchanted years she and her family spent there, coming to know its folk as both patients and friends.

In anecdotes that are by turns funny, sad, moving, and tragic, she recalls them all, the crofters and their laird, the boatmen and tradesmen, young lovers and forbidding churchmen. Against the old-fashioned island culture and the grandeur of mountain and sea unfold indelible stories: a young woman carried through snow for airlift to the hospital; a rescue by boat; the marriage of a gentle giant and the island beauty; a ghostly encounter; the shocking discovery of a woman in chains; the flames of a heather fire at night; an unexploded bomb from World War II; and the joyful, tipsy celebration of a ceilidh. Gaelic fortitude meets a nurse's compassion in these wonderful true stories from rural Scotland.
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2 editions of this book were published by Arcade Publishing.

Editions: 1611458315, 1628725125


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