It was the inscription that made the antique scalpels so tantalising Isabella Stenhouse A woman doctor A woman doctor who was rumoured to have served in the First World War Could Isabella have treated wounded men with these very implements And had a grateful German prisoner of war really given her the strange string of beads that tangled round her stethoscope Coaxing clues from archives across Europe, Katrina Kirkwood traces Isabella s route from medical school to the Western Front, Malta and Egypt, discovering as she travels that Dr Stenhouse was not only one of the first women doctors who worked with the British Army she was also a woman carrying a tragic secret, torn between ambition and loyalty to her family Isabella s story was selected for the BBC Antiques Roadshow s WW1 centenary edition, and featured by national, international and local media The quiet heroics of a woman on a WW1 battlefield Daily Express...
|Title||:||The Mystery of Isabella and the String of Beads: A woman doctor in World War 1|
|Publisher||:||Loke Press July 22, 2016|
|Number of Pages||:||404 pages|
|File Size||:||995 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Mystery of Isabella and the String of Beads: A woman doctor in World War 1 Reviews
I wanted to like this book! At first, the structure involving the author as researcher with too few clues, was distracting, but I found she moved seamlessly from the edge of where available facts ended and likely details to complete the story, and I was convinced more than a few times that her surmises were sensible. However, about halfway through, the momentum flagged and the story became thin as she attempted to piece together what her grandmother may have done, where, and for what reasons. I felt the story of her youngest sister's death was a red herring and only provided a small detail that helped the story along (why Isabella's mother ended up in Malta too). Reading it on a Kindle, I'm not always prepared for something to be coming to an end and don't look at the percentage often enough, I guess, because suddenly we were at notes, bibliography, etc. and it was over. Sigh. A task too hard for anyone to flesh out fully, and props to her for trying, but it wasn't satisfying at all.
Excellent book with loads of research, imagination and heart as Katrina attempts to learn more about lady doctors who served in WW1 of which her grandmother was one. A group of women overlooked and ignored for too long. This book takes you on a journey that has plenty of heart but is never over sentimental. Just very honest and real.
A great read!
This non-fiction book balances two stories, one a biography, the other a mystery. The first story relates the compelling experiences of Isabella Stenhouse, an intrepid Edwardian who was one of the small minority of women in Scotland to be awarded a medical degree in the early 1900s. Shortly after graduating from medical school in Edinburgh, Isabella volunteered as a physician and tended the wounded of the First World War in in France, Malta, and Egypt. Her life story is compelling and is augmented with historical insights that deserve a wider understanding and appreciation. From the medical facts of gas gangrene to the social contexts of spiritualism, author Katrina Kirkwood supplements her story with well-researched background information. The book should strongly appeal to anyone with an interest in nontraditional accounts of the First World War and those who wish to learn more about women’s history in the conflict.
The Mystery of Isabella and the String of Beads is a gripping read. In writing this story Katrina Kirkwood has had to learn all about the weaving together of different strands of beads and this is reflected in the way she skilfully intertwines three individual story strands: the intriguing early career of her pioneering grandmother, her own journey of discovery as she learned more about Isabella and then the results of research when there is little to go on - an informed speculation of what "might have happened". Piecing together the latter required a leap of imagination made possible by placing herself in her grandmother's shoes, retracing Isabella's steps and attempting to see the world through her eyes, but simultaneously ensuring the accuracy of that world. In doing so, the author has managed to recreate an intriguing story inspired by two artefacts (some surgical instruments and a string of beads) plus some family anecdotes that few would have had the tenacity to explore so thoroughly. The result is a very readable story that brings a whole new perspective to First World War history and which demonstrates what can be achieved when someone combines thorough historical research with the ability to write well. At a time when there is such a focus on First World War history and so many new books on this theme, this one stands out as being rather different and is well worth a read. I have recommended it to all my friends - those with an interest in history and those who just appreciate a good story.