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Description - Lives We Leave Behind by Maxine Alterio

In July 1915 the hospital ship Maheno leaves Wellington with seventy New Zealand nurses on board.Addie Harrington and Meg Dutton are assigned to the same cabin. Quiet and cautious, Addie is taken aback by her impetuous, fun-loving roommate. The two women seem to have little in common other than a desire to serve their country. But as they care for injured and dying soldiers in Egypt and France, they discover that deep connections can develop under unusual circumstances.When Meg meets British surgeon Wallace Madison, she falls for him immediately and amidst the chaos of overloaded military hospitals they embark on an intense love affair. Addie suspects Wallace has much to hide and fears the relationship will destroy her friend. 'Maxine Alterio brings a novelist's eye to the startling story of New Zealand's World War I nurses. I was enthralled and moved by the lives of these women and their experiences of war.' Laurence Fearnley, award-winning novelist

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143565710
ISBN-10: 0143565710
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 154mm x 22mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Penguin Books (NZ)
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
Publish Date: 24-Oct-2012
Country of Publication: New Zealand

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Author Biography - Maxine Alterio

Dr Maxine Alterio is a novelist, short story writer and narrative-based educator and mentor. She graduated from the University of Otago with a Master of Arts in Education and from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, with a PhD in Creative Writing. Her first novel Ribbons of Grace was published by Penguin in 2007, followed by Lives we Leave Behind in 2012. Her first fiction collection Live News and Other Stories was published in 2005, and her short stories have appeared in anthologies and been broadcast on national radio. Winner of the 2013 Seresin Landfall/Otago University Press Residency, Maxine is currently working on a second fiction collection and undertaking research for her third novel.

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