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Publication Date: 15 Nov 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 256
ISBN-13: 9780281080304, 9780281080311, 9780281082247

Midwife of Borneo

The True Story of a Geordie Pioneer
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Call the Midwife compellingly transposed from
the East End of London to the Borneo rainforest’
Lynne Tembey, Mothers’ Union Worldwide President

1959. Newcastle nurse Wendy Grey leaves her comfortable life and answers a call from people in Borneo to run a clinic in a place so remote, many there have never before seen a white woman. Until her arrival, medical witchcraft has been the norm. Nevertheless, Wendy quickly gains the trust of the locals, and they begin to flock to her for treatment. And – terrifyingly – when some require emergency surgery, she must also become anaesthetist and surgeon . . . or watch her patients die.

From treacherous journeys on land and water to tea parties with the governor; from tussles with snakes and scorpions to Scrabble with nuns; from struggling with illness to suddenly falling in love – this unique glimpse into contrasting sides of a lost colonial world is possible thanks to Wendy’s detailed diaries, written by the light of an oil lamp in her bamboo and palm-leaf house.

Meanwhile, back home, churches throughout the UK are praying for the young woman in Borneo.

‘A heart-warming adventure . . . a spellbinding narrative . . . a step into another world.’ Mark Beaumont, adventurer, author and broadcaster
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About the Author
Wendy Grey Rogerson was born in Newcastle and brought up in Northumberland. She trained as a nurse at Charing Cross Hospital in London, then returned to Newcastle where she worked as a midwife, district nurse and health visitor before going to Borneo. Wendy is a Lady Freeman of Newcastle upon Tyne, and she and her husband, an Anglican priest, live in Durham.

Barbara Fox grew up in Newcastle then moved to London where she worked as a journalist for the Radio Times and the Telegraph newspapers. She is the author of Is the Vicar in, Pet? (Sphere, 2014), When the War Is Over (Sphere, 2016), co-author of Bedpans and Bobby Socks (Sphere, 2011 – featured on Woman's Hour), and editor of Eve's War by Evelyn Shillington (Sphere, 2017).
Press Reviews

[On BEDPANS & BOBBY SOCKS] Call the Midwife meets Thelma and Louise - a warm, funny and nostalgic memoir.

- Daily Mail

This lovely memoir takes us back to the late 1950s, when two English nurses from Newcastle General set off to live and work in the United States. Their culture shocks and experiences make for an enjoyable tale.

- Nursing Standard, Journal of The Royal College of Nursing

[On IS THE VICAR IN, PET?] [A] gentle story of a cosy, secure childhood among a community whose hearts were as warm as the coal fires that burned in their hearths.

- Daily Mail

[On WHEN THE WAR IS OVER] When the War Is Over is a beautifully written nostalgia trip and is a delight to read.

- The Bookbag

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