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The Desert Nurse: A grand love story set in a far-flung theatre of war

Pamela Hart

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), First World War fiction, Romance, Historical romance, Historical fiction

Amid the Australian Army hospitals of World War I Egypt, two deeply determined individuals find the resilience of their love tested to its limits

It's 1911, and 21-year-old Evelyn Northey desperately wants to become a doctor. Her father forbids it, withholding the inheritance that would allow her to attend university. At the outbreak of World War I, Evelyn disobeys her father, enlisting as an army nurse bound for Egypt and the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.

Under the blazing desert sun, Evelyn develops feelings for polio survivor Dr William Brent, who believes his disability makes him unfit to marry. For Evelyn, still pursuing her goal of studying medicine, a man has no place in her future. For two such self-reliant people, relying on someone else for happiness may be the hardest challenge of all.

From the casualty tents, fever wards and operating theatres; through the streets of Cairo during Ramadan; to the parched desert and the grim realities of war, Pamela Hart, author of THE WAR BRIDE, tells the heart-wrenching story of four years that changed the world forever.

'I stayed up late to finish The Desert Nurse. A gorgeous and beautifully written story of love and war set in Egypt in the First World War. It made me cry. I loved it' KATE FORSYTH

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Praise for The Desert Nurse: A grand love story set in a far-flung theatre of war

  • This book is heart-wrenching proof that all's NOT fair in love and war, especially for a lone woman in a man's world - Valerie Parv on A LETTER FROM ITALY

  • A LETTER FROM ITALY cements Pamela Hart as a go-to author when I want a love story to remember - AUSROM TODAY

  • Rebecca ... will soon find out that love can be just as dangerous as any battlefield - YOURS MAGAZINE on A LETTER FROM ITALY

  • Magnificent treatment of women's issues such as gender equality, relationship expectations and dealing with career - Steve Shipley, MANVIEWS on A LETTER FROM ITALY

  • evokes WWI Sydney to the point where the reader can almost feel the salty wind blowing off the harbour as the troops are shipped out through the Heads - Books+Publishing on THE SOLDIER'S WIFE

  • Pamela Hart makes the details of daily life shimmer and pierces our hearts with a love story that carries the weight of sacrifice - iBOOKS on THE SOLDIER'S WIFE

  • Deeply insightful into the lives of the women left behind in Sydney. We fell in love with the headstrong heroine Ruby - BETTER READING on THE SOLDIER'S WIFE

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Heroines Festival 2018: REMEMBER, OR IF LOST, INVENT

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Pamela Hart presents The Desert Nurse at Hornsby Library

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Pamela Hart's Historical Fiction List that will Have You Hibernating All Winter

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Pamela Hart on 'The Soldier's Wife' - Medals from WW1

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Pamela Hart on the influence of her grandfather in 'The Soldier's Wife'

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Pamela Hart

Pamela is an award-winning author for adults and children. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. Under the name Pamela Freeman she wrote the historical novel THE BLACK DRESS, which won the NSW Premier's History Prize for 2006. Pamela is also well known for her fantasy novels for adults, published by Orbit worldwide, the Castings Trilogy, and her Aurealis Award-winning novel EMBER AND ASH. Pamela lives in Sydney with her husband and their son, and teaches at the Australian Writers' Centre. THE DESERT NURSE follows her bestselling novels THE SOLDIER'S WIFE, THE WAR BRIDE and A LETTER FROM ITALY.