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Mount Gambier Library will host an author event with bestselling author Victoria Purman on Tuesday 3 May 2022 at 7:00pm for the launch of her latest release ‘The Nurses’ War’.

Victoria Purman is well known for writing historical tales and ‘The Nurses’ War’ is based on the real experiences of Australian nurses in World War I, giving an insight into their bravery, strength of character, compassion, love and loss while treating wounded service men.

In 1915 as World War 1 rages in Europe Australian nurse, Sister Cora Barker, leaves her home in Australia for England, determined to use her skills for King and country. When she arrives at Harefield House – donated to the Australian Army by its expatriate Australian owners – she helps transform it into a hospital that is also a little piece of home for recuperating Australian soldiers.

As the months pass, her mission to save the lives of diggers becomes more urgent as the darkest months of the war see injured soldiers from the battlefields of France and Belgium flood into Harefield in the thousands. When the hospital sends out a desperate call for help, a quiet young seamstress from the village, Jessie Chester, steps up as a volunteer. At the hospital she meets Private Bert Mott, a recovering Australian soldier, but the looming threat of his return to the front line hangs over them.

“Victoria is an Australian top 10 and USA Today bestselling fiction author and ‘The Nurses’ War’ is an extraordinary story of grit, love and loss so please join us for this free event,” Mrs Brooks said.

This is a free event. To attend, contact the Mount Gambier Library for bookings on 8721 2540 or visit www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au/Library

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