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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349016016

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INTRODUCED BY LISSA EVANS

‘I envy anyone yet to discover the joy of Monica Dickens. She’s beady eyed, big hearted and blissfully funny’ Nina Stibbe

‘One Pair of Feet is not just a spirited and entertaining account of the training of a hospital nurse in wartime but a fascinating glimpse into a time and a culture so recent and yet so utterly changed’ Marina Lewycka


As the effects of the war raging in Europe begins to be felt at home in London, Monica Dickens decides to do her bit and to pursue a new career, and so enrols as a student nurse at a hospital in rural Hertfordshire. By nature clever and spirited, she struggles to submit to the iron rule of the Matron and Sisters, and is alternately infuriated and charmed by her patients. That’s not to mention the mountains of menial work that are a trainee’s lot. But there are friends among the staff and patients, night-time escapades to dances with dashing army men, and her secret writing project to keep her going.

‘Monica’s naked curiosity and general bolshiness are easy to identify with, and as a narrator she always tells us what we’re longing to know – it’s like listening to a friend’s anecdote, and egging them on’ LISSA EVANS

If you enjoyed One Pair of Feet, you will love the novel that followed it. My Turn to Make the Tea, Monica Dickens’s lively and entertaining novel about life as a cub reporter on a regional newspaper, is also published as a Virago Modern Classic.

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One Pair of Feet is not just a spirited and entertaining account of a hospital nurse in wartime, but a fascinating glimpse into a time and a culture so recent and yet so utterly changed
Marina Lewycka
One of the most affectionate and humorous observers of the English scene
John Betjeman
Monica's naked curiosity and general bolshiness are easy to identify with, and as a narrator she always tells us what we're longing to know - it's like listening to a friend's anecdote, and egging them on
Lissa Evans
A brilliantly funny account
Elizabeth Bowen
Humorous, moving and fascinating
Clare Mackintosh
I envy anyone yet to discover the joy of Monica Dickens. She's beady eyed, big hearted and blissfully funny
Nina Stibbe