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Our Country Nurse

Can East End Nurse Sarah find a new life caring for babies in the country?

By Amy Beeson and Sarah Beeson MBE

All seems tranquil as newly qualified health visitor Sarah Hill motors into a small Kentish hilltop village on a sunny afternoon in 1975. She’s barely out of the car when she’s called to assist the midwife with a bride who’s gone into labour in the middle of her own wedding reception.

Village life isn’t always quite the Good Life Sarah’s been expecting – and will it be the clergyman, the vet or the young doctor who wins her heart?

During her first year as a nurse in Kent, Sarah gets stuck in – reuniting families and helping mums in the midst of a community full of ancient feuds, funny little ways and just a bit of magic.

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‘A rich tapestry of 1970s life.’

Perry Spiller, BBC Radio Stoke

‘Humorous, poignant and tragic in some cases and Nurse Hill shows compassion and gives help that is outside the usual remit of her position… a very relaxing and enjoyable read.’

Caryl Williams Mrs Bloggs’ Books

‘The writing is sharp and crisp and the fine attention to even the smallest detail ensures that the reader always feels fully immersed in the story…the story evolves so beautifully that it is a joy to read from start to finish.’

Jo Barton Jaffa Reads Too

‘Lovely touching moments and some storylines I was very keen to see resolved as I felt real concern for the characters. There is also a bit of light relief!’

Rachael Blair, Writing People Poetry

The New Arrival

The Heartwarming True Story of a 1970s Trainee Nurse

By Amy Beeson and Sarah Beeson MBE

On a hot summer’s day in 1969, fresh-faced 17 year old Nurse Sarah Hill arrives at Hackney General Hospital in London’s East End. Battered suitcase in hand, she takes eager steps in her white calf-length Mary Quant boots towards the towering sandy-grey building of the Nurses’ Home.

It’s the end of the swinging sixties, Britain is changing and the everyday life of the nurses and patients plays out against a backdrop of a failing government, strikes, immigration and women’s lib. More than just a hospital, Hackney General was part of the community just as much as the Adam & Eve pub the staff frequent. A place where the poorly children of Hackney were nursed to health, a place where young nurses would discover just want they wanted from life, fall in love with shy photographers and grow into women. But it’s not all smooth sailing in Hackney: for every baby that goes home to its loving family another is abandoned, unloved, or never gets to go home at all.

Funny, warm and deeply moving, Sarah Beeson’s poignant memoir captures both the heartache and happiness of hospital life and 1970s London through the eyes of a gentle but determined young nurse.

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“A beautifully written and moving memoir… Beeson’s daily life and the colourful characters she met are superbly described…A comforting and inspiring read.”

The Lady

‘Fans of Call The Midwife will love Sarah Beeson.’

Mother & Baby

‘A realistic yet at times humourous look into the past.’

Discover Your History Magazine

‘A book told lucidly, matter-of-factly, and with a great deal of compassion. The past is evoked beautifully…’

Paul Magrs, Life On Magrs

“A beautifully written and moving memoir… Beeson’s daily life and the colourful characters she met are superbly described…A comforting and inspiring read.”

The Lady

‘Fans of Call The Midwife will love Sarah Beeson.’

Mother & Baby

‘A realistic yet at times humourous look into the past.’

Discover Your History Magazine

‘A book told lucidly, matter-of-factly, and with a great deal of compassion. The past is evoked beautifully…’

Paul Magrs, Life On Magrs

The New Arrival

The Heartwarming True Story of a 1970s Trainee Nurse

By Amy Beeson and Sarah Beeson MBE

On a hot summer’s day in 1969, fresh-faced 17 year old Nurse Sarah Hill arrives at Hackney General Hospital in London’s East End. Battered suitcase in hand, she takes eager steps in her white calf-length Mary Quant boots towards the towering sandy-grey building of the Nurses’ Home.

It’s the end of the swinging sixties, Britain is changing and the everyday life of the nurses and patients plays out against a backdrop of a failing government, strikes, immigration and women’s lib. More than just a hospital, Hackney General was part of the community just as much as the Adam & Eve pub the staff frequent. A place where the poorly children of Hackney were nursed to health, a place where young nurses would discover just want they wanted from life, fall in love with shy photographers and grow into women. But it’s not all smooth sailing in Hackney: for every baby that goes home to its loving family another is abandoned, unloved, or never gets to go home at all.

Funny, warm and deeply moving, Sarah Beeson’s poignant memoir captures both the heartache and happiness of hospital life and 1970s London through the eyes of a gentle but determined young nurse.

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Happy Baby, Happy Family

Learning to trust yourself and enjoy your baby

By Amy Beeson and Sarah Beeson MBE

When health visitor Sarah Beeson’s pregnant daughter asked her to put pen to paper on caring for her new baby she didn’t know it would result into a parenting book full of secrets from four decades of working with families.

Discover Sarah’s top three secrets of breastfeeding and what the signs are your baby is getting enough milk. How all parents can use feeding time to bond with their baby and instant calming methods to soothe and help your Little One sleep. Weaning your way and an A-Z of solutions to common problems from colic to teething.Take care of the whole family by understanding the emotional needs of your baby. Discover what life as a new parent is like from your partner’s perspective with advice on sex and relationships from both a woman’s and a man’s point of view.

Nurturing, practical and refreshingly honest that one-size doesn’t fit all and no-one is a perfect parent, Sarah Beeson’s advice is the perfect companion to parenthood.

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‘Answers to key baby-raising questions while sensibly explaining that no one parenting style fits all. A great read to boost your new parent confidence.’

Prima Baby book of the month

‘Best new pregnancy books… Extensive guide to trusting yourself and understanding your baby.’

Gurgle

‘Say goodbye to baby brain.’

Mother & Baby

‘I couldn’t recommend this book more to you and really can’t wait to be using it again for baby number two.’

Cassie Mayers, Lily’s Little Learners