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Midwife of Borneo

The True Story of a Geordie Pioneer

Wendy Grey Rogerson Barbara Fox Wendy Grey Rogerson,Barbara Fox

256 pages
SPCK Group

‘Call the Midwife compellingly transposed from
the East End of London to the Borneo rainforest’
Lynne Tembey, Mothers’ Union Worldwide President

1959. Newcastle nurse Wendy Grey leaves her comfortable life and answers a call from people in Borneo to run a clinic in a place so remote, many there have never before seen a white woman. Until her arrival, medical witchcraft has been the norm. Nevertheless, Wendy quickly gains the trust of the locals, and they begin to flock to her for treatment. And – terrifyingly – when some require emergency surgery, she must also become anaesthetist and surgeon . . . or watch her patients die.

From treacherous journeys on land and water to tea parties with the governor; from tussles with snakes and scorpions to Scrabble with nuns; from struggling with illness to suddenly falling in love – this unique glimpse into contrasting sides of a lost colonial world is possible thanks to Wendy’s detailed diaries, written by the light of an oil lamp in her bamboo and palm-leaf house.

Meanwhile, back home, churches throughout the UK are praying for the young woman in Borneo.

‘A heart-warming adventure . . . a spellbinding narrative . . . a step into another world.’ Mark Beaumont, adventurer, author and broadcaster

Author Bio

Wendy Grey Rogerson was born in Newcastle and brought up in Northumberland. She trained as a nurse at Charing Cross Hospital in London, then returned to Newcastle where she worked as a midwife, district nurse and health visitor before going to Borneo. Wendy is a Lady Freeman of Newcastle upon Tyne, and she and her husband, an Anglican priest, live in Durham.

Barbara Fox grew up in Newcastle then moved to London where she worked as a journalist for the Radio Times and the Telegraph newspapers. She is the author of Is the Vicar in, Pet? (Sphere, 2014), When the War Is Over (Sphere, 2016), co-author of Bedpans and Bobby Socks (Sphere, 2011 – featured on Woman's Hour), and editor of Eve's War by Evelyn Shillington (Sphere, 2017).