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The Child At The Door
by Maggie Bennett
When probationer nurse Mabel Court enters the Booth Street Poor Law Infirmary, her future looks bright: this is the opportunity that Mabel, the orphaned child of a marriage which went tragically wrong, has always dreamt of. But it is August 1914, and her world is about to be turned upside down.
When probationer nurse Mabel Court enters the Booth Street Poor Law Infirmary, her future looks bright: this is the opportunity that Mabel, the orphaned child of a marriage which went tragically wrong, has always dreamt of. But it is August 1914, and her world is about to be turned upside down. She soon meets Norah McLoughlin, another probationer, and the two girls - together with Mabel's childhood friend Maudie, now a music-hall dancer - become firm friends. As war rages across Europe, they try to keep their spirits up but when Mabel's fiance Harry Drover is wounded at the battle of the Somme, and returns home shell-shocked, Mabel realises that the life she and Harry had always hoped for is now an impossibility. Then when Maudie falls pregnant by an officer, and Norah's young man is lost at sea, all three girls are forced to face the fact that life will never be the same again...
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Maggie Bennett was born in Hampshire. When she left school at eighteen she started general nursing training and, after a year as a staff nurse, she went on to train as a midwife. Her career was interrupted by marriage at thirty-five, and she moved to Manchester where her two daughters were born; she later returned to work as a midwife until her retirement in 1991. Having been an avid reader and scribbler all her life, she took a correspondence course in creative writing after her husband's death in 1983, and started writing articles and short stories.
The Child At The Door by Maggie Bennett
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