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My name is Kate Macdonald: I'm an English lecturer, and a lifelong browser in second-hand bookshops. I post weekly ten-minute podcasts on a Friday, on the books I really like which I think deserve new readers. You can find out lots more at the Facebook page here, and get these podcasts weekly by subscribing on the iTunes link above.

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This podcast takes us into the wards in wartime, stomping about with a bucket for hours and hours, barely conscious that the bombs are falling because it's another night shift in the maternity ward. Monica Dickens was the great-grand-daughter of the much more famous Charles, and worked as a nurse during the Second World War. One Pair of Feet is about her year on duty encased in starched uniforms. She is also one of English literature's funniest memoirists: do listen to this if you want to hear about wet bicycles, lost lemon tarts, ripped stockings and making endless little meals for horrible patients.

Direct download: Monica_Dickens_and_One_Pair_of_Feet.mp3
Category:memoir -- posted at: 4:44pm CET
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  • What a great overview of this wonderful novel, making me want to go and re-read it. My first Monica Dickens novel was One Pair of Hands, which remains my favourite from the autobiographical trilogy she wrote - but I did find One Pair of Feet incredibly funny, as well as shocking and frustrating and everything else she got across. This was my favourite quotation from it: "She looked like one of those potatoes that people photograph and send to the papers because it bears a curious resemblance to a human face."

    posted by: Simon T on 2011-09-14 15:22:36

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