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The Water Horse

By Julia Gregson

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Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2009
A sweeping historical love story - from the author of EAST OF THE SUN.Catherine Carreg has grown up a tomboy, spending her days racing her ponies with Deio, the drover's son, in a small Welsh village. But Catherine is consumed by a longing to escape the monotony of village life and, with Deio's help, runs away to London. Alone in the unfamiliar bustle of the city, Catherine finds a position in a rest home for sick governesses in Harley Street, run by Miss Florence Nightingale. Then, as the nation is gripped by reports of the war in the Crimea, Catherine volunteers as a nurse - and her life changes beyond all recognition.Arriving in Scutari, she is pitched into a living nightmare and, against the passion and heroism of one of the most traumatic wars in history, she is forced to grow up quickly and painfully, and learn the hardest lessons of love and war.

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THE WATER HORSE is a vivid and compelling historical saga, from the author of EAST OF THE SUN. An impeccably researched debut, it brings to life the true story of a young Welsh woman who ran away to nurse in the Crimea. Julia Gregson weaves fact and fiction together, combining passionate storytelling, vivid characterisation and gritty historical detail. She is a natural storyteller who writes with tremendous warmth, colour and insight. THE WATER HORSE brings to life many historical figures from the mid-nineteenth century, including politicians, surgeons and Florence Nightingale. 'Lively, atmospheric novel ... the writing is skilful, vivid and explicit' Sunday Telegraph. 'A compelling story' Daily Post 'Recent biography has debunked the romance of Florence Nightingale as angelic "Lady of the Lamp" ... Julia Gregson breathes life into this new interpretation' Guardian.

About the Author

Julia Gregson worked as a model for Hardie Amies before becoming a journalist. She was posted to Vietnam and India, and then worked for Rolling Stone in New York. She has interviewed Muhammad Ali, Buzz Aldrin, Ronnie Biggs and Hollywood royalty. Married with one daughter and four step-children, she lives in Wales with two Welsh cobs, a Shetland and two dogs.

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a wonderful evocation of the rugged Welsh coastlne and Catherine's home life * HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW * Recent biography has debunked teh romance of Florence Nightingale as angelic 'Lady of the Lamp'...Julia Gregson breathes life into this new interpretation * GUARDIAN * lively, atmospheric novel...the writing is skillful, vivd and explicit * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * A vivid tale of love and war -- Fanny Blake * WOMAN & HOME *

EAN: 9781409102656
ISBN: 1409102653
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.8 centimetres (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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One of those "can't put it down" reads, made me cry and realise how easy I have it as a Nurse today! Takes you deep into a higher level of understanding of the lives of people of the past and the struggles they endured to allow us to enjoy the way of life we are accustomed to today. Highly recommended, full of emotion and great story telling! An incredibly vivid tale, Well done Julia!

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