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A Carriage For The Midwife

Born into the squalor of the notorious Ash-Pits, young Susan Lucket is determined to raise herself from her humble origins. Sent to the village school by a discerning patroness and later taught by one of the new 'man-midwives', her intuitive skill at assisting women in childbirth leads to demands for her services from gentlewomen as well as poor cottager's wives and as an independent and unmarried midwife she is far ahead of her time. Yet when Edward Calthorpe, youngest son of the privileged landowner of Bever House, offers her marriage, the memory of her degraded childhood returns to haunt her: and the seduction and betrayal of her beloved younger sister, Polly, by Edward's wayward brother causes deep divisions between her and his family. As Susan discovers that all women share the pain and peril of childhood, whether in a manor house or a hovel she fights for her own right to life and happiness...
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Maggie Bennett was born in Hampshire. When she left school at eighteen she started general nursing training and, after a year as a staff nurse, she went on to train as a midwife. Her career was interrupted by marriage at thirty-five, and she moved to Manchester where her two daughters were born; she later returned to work as a midwife until her retirement in 1991. Having been an avid reader and scribbler all her life, she took a correspondence course in creative writing after her husband's death in 1983, and started writing articles and short stories. Her first novel, A Child's Voice Calling, was published by Arrow in 2002.

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