W&N Biography and Autobiography HB/ETPB June @ £14.99 320pp 8pp b/w illustrations 978 0 297 87155 2 eBook: £14.99/ 978 0 297 87156 9
MARY MORRIS A Very Private Diary: A Nurse in Wartime edited by Carol Acton
The newly discovered diary of a wartime nurse gives a fascinating, dramatic and unique insight into the Second World War. Mary Mulry was eighteen years old when she arrived in London from Ireland hoping for a new life and an adventure. The year was 1939. She could not have predicted what the next seven years would bring. From the Blitz to D-Day these extraordinary diaries, published for the first time, offer an intimate and unforgettable insight into the life of young nurse coming of age during the Second World War. Whether nursing on the frontline, narrowly escaping with her life during bombing raids, or falling in love, Mary’s irrepressible personality, sharp wit and rebellious spirit shine through. Mary Morris’s wartime uniform and diaries are held in London’s Imperial War Museum. She died in 1997. Carol Acton is the author of Grief in Wartime and Working in a World of Hurt. She rediscovered Mary’s diaries in the Imperial War Museum archives.
Location (Carol Acton): Ontario, Canada Available for interview
Orion Biography MMP July £6.99 304pp 978 1 4091 4809 8 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 4091 4810 4
DOT MAY DUNN Around the Village Green
The heart-warming memoir of a wartime childhood. It’s 1939 and little Dot May Dun is playing with her brothers in the quiet lanes of their Derbyshire village. When a prisoner of war camp is built close to Dot’s home and a Yankee base is stationed nearby, Dot makes friends with the most unlikely of soldiers. Her friendships are soon threatened when telegrams start to arrive in the village and the real impact of war bears heavily on this close-knit mining community. Dot’s childhood memoir shares the universals of innocence, love, loss and friendships. Around the Village Green will move and entertain in equal measures. Dot May Dunn is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Twelve Babies on a Bike and Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram. She was born in Derbyshire and has four nursing qualifications and 50 years on the ‘coal face’ behind her. She now divides her time between England and France.
Location: Oxford Available for interview
W&N / Orion Non-Fiction • June / July 2014