Spalding bookshop’s choice read

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Bookmark in Spalding has chosen Bandaging the Blitz by Phyll Macdonald Ross and I D Roberts as its book of the week.

Bandaging the Blitz is a true story of coming-of-age in terrible times, of the blossoming of first romance into a life-long love affair, and of a young woman whose eagerness to do good in the world brought her suddenly face-to-face with death and drama in all its many guises.

In 1938, 18-year-old Phyllis Ellsworth packs her bags, says goodbye to her anxious parents and sets off from her quiet seaside home for the Hackney Hospital in London’s bustling East End, where she is to fulfil her dream to train as a nurse.

At first, it is a whirlwind of long days, hard work, new friends and plenty of mischief, but just ten months later Britain declares war on Germany and life at the hospital is transformed.

Phyllis’s days become an endless cycle of air-raid sirens, injured servicemen and anxiously waiting for news of loved ones.

And when she falls in love with a handsome young solider, Alistair, Phyllis’s work provides the only distraction from worrying about his safety.

The book retails for £7.99 but there is a 20 per cent off voucher in the Spalding Guardian of August 27.