Synopses & Reviews
Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod (known to all as Julia) and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near-derelict croft housea farmers stone cottageon a small acre” of land. Mary assumed duties as the islands district nurse. Call the Nurse
is her account of the first enchanted years she and her family spent there, coming to know its folk as both patients and friends.
Gaelic fortitude meets a nurses compassion in these wonderful true stories from rural Scotland. The remarkable debut of an author now in her eighties, Call the Nurse is a treasure of sweet nostalgia.
Julia MacLeod shares unique and enchanting experiences as a nurse in rural Scotland. Her stories will ring true with every nurseor anyonewho has ever cared for a family or a community, whether in Scotland or America. Call the Nurse
is a delightful read.”
-- LeAnn Thieman, author Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul
Cozy and chatty . . . A lovely account of ordinary people thriving in an extraordinary landscape.”Kirkus Reviews
The book feels like a letter from a friend who has an eye for travel writing. . . . With a nurses no-nonsense manner, MacLeod relays tales of adventure, finding humor and humanity in her experiences. . . . For James Herriot fans, without the animals.”Booklist
MacLeod proves to be an engaging narrative writer who uses humor and vernacular to her advantage. Should be of interest not only to medical professionals but to all readers who want to escape to a slower way of life.”Library Journal
This lively and heartening memoir evokes both the hardships and the humour of island life.” The Scotsman
"This charming, bracing reminiscence of life on a remote Hebridean island captures a vanishing world filled with memorable stories and characters. . . . Mary J. MacLeod makes you care, moves you, amuses you, shocks you, teaches you: This is a surprising, satisfying memoir."Floyd Skloot, author of In the Shadow of Memory and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writers Life
Call the Midwife gave [us] . . . the nursing profession in 1950s London. Now, a retired district nurse [gives us] the heartwarming and humorousyet often shockingevents on a remote Scottish island.”Sunday Post, UK
"A charming tale, packed full with reminiscences, rather in the manner of the recent hit TV series, Call the Midwife. . . . Her tales of joy, trouble, drama, and comedy are warm and humorous, telling of a bygone era."Westcountry Life, Western Morning News, UK
Julia MacLeod has written a book which encapsulates Hebridean life during some decades past . . . with a sensitivity that reflects her nursing career.”Lady Claire Macdonald of Macdonald, from her foreword
About the Author
Mary J. MacLeod qualified as a nurse in England and has lived in Aden (now Yemen), the United States, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia as well as her husband Georges native Scotland. She is now the author of three books and lives in Ascot in Berkshire, England.