Not Your Average Nurse: From 1970s London to Outback Australia, the True Story of an Unlikely Girl and an Extraordinary Career

Author(s): Maggie Groff

Biography /Memoir | Biography and Memoir

To a young girl the life of a student nurse sounds exciting, but with long hours and short shrift it's never easy. So when Maggie Groff defies her parents' wishes and embarks as a student nurse at London's King's College Hospital, she must quickly get to grips with the demands of her chosen career. It's sink or swim. In this delightful romp through time, played out against the march of feminism and the fashion, music and movies of almost half a century ago, we follow Maggie's highs and lows as she struggles with stern ward sisters and wilful patients, and eventually qualifies as a registered nurse and sets sail for Australia. From nursing at a poor London housing estate and working as an in-house nurse at glamorous Selfridges to treating injuries on the Great Barrier Reef and becoming an industrial nurse at the iconic Sydney Opera House, Maggie shares her stories of mistakes and mayhem, tea and sympathy, and the life-affirming moments that made it all worthwhile.


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Maggie Groff is a multi award-winning Australian novelist, columnist and non-fiction writer. She is the author of two non-fiction books, the best-selling Mothers Behaving Badly, published in 1999 by Random House Australia, which showcased her hilarious experiences as a mother, and Hoax Cuisine. Groff is also the author of Misadventures in Paradise, a crime series featuring the intrepid investigative reporter Scout Davis. Mad Men, Bad Girls was published in March 2012. The novel (then titled Mad Men Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute) received rave reviews and was nominated for the 2012 Ned Kelly Award. It went on to win both Australian Sisters in Crime 13th Davitt Awards for crime fiction - Best First Fiction and Best Adult Novel. The second Scout Davis novel, Good News, Bad News was nominated for the 2013 Ned Kelly Award and the 14th Davitt Awards and was voted by the 2013 Get Reading campaign as one of the Top Fifty Books You Can't Put Down.

General Fields

  • : 9780143785347
  • : Random House Australia
  • : William Heinemann
  • : April 2017
  • : 232mm X 154mm X 34mm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Maggie Groff
  • : Paperback
  • : 517
  • : en
  • : 610.73092
  • : 384