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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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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 |
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. Mary assumes the duties as the island’s district nurse. This is her account of the enchanted years she and her family spent there.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 7, 2021 |
Fresh impressions of a unique social and physical place, a London family moves to a Scottish island in the 1970s. The first half is best. The logistics of small island life are interesting. She is clearly fond of many of her neighbors and patients and manages not to condescend too hard. There is a bit too much violet shadows and glaucous light and so on in the landscape descriptions. The end of the book seems to be trying for a cliffhanger (arrival of hippie son and girlfriend due to give birth any minute) but I think that'll do. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Much like the style of All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot, Call the Nurse is a memoir written by Mary McLeod. While Mr. Herriot was a Yorkshire veterinarian, Mrs. McLeod was a nurse on an island in the Western Hebrides. The book consists of small vignettes of life among the crofters and fishermen who inhabit the island.
The book takes place in the 1970s so there are some things that happen that today would be considered politically incorrect, but the Scots who live there are honest country folk who hadn't changed their way of life much for years. Mrs. McLeod does a nice job mixing humorous stories and some very tragic tales. It was a very interesting read. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jun 13, 2021 |
An interesting read about life on one of the Hebrides islands. ( )
  harray | May 3, 2021 |
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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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