• The District Nurses of Victory Walk

  • By: Annie Groves
  • Narrated by: Alex Tregear
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The compelling new best seller from the author of The Mersey Daughter and Winter on the Mersey.

Alice Lake has arrived in London from Liverpool to start her training as a District Nurse, but her journey has been far from easy. Her parents think that she should settle down and get married, but she has already had her heart broken once and isn’t about to make the same mistake again.

Alice and her best friend, Edith, are based in the East End, but before they’ve even got their smart new uniforms on, war breaks out, and Hitler’s bombs are raining down on London.

Alice must learn to keep calm and carry on as she tends to London’s sick and injured, all the time facing her own heartache and misfortune while keeping up the Spirit of the Blitz....

©2018 Annie Groves (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"An engrossing story." (My Weekly)

"A stirring and heartrending family saga... Against a backdrop of change when the suffragette movement was coming to the fore, the choices and dreams of a generation of women combine to create this passionate story." (Liverpool Daily Post)

"Written from the heart." (My Weekly)

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A Look at the Role of the District Nurse

This story is set in England in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Alice and Edith are best friends and went to nursing school together. They are assigned as District Nurses to the East End of London at Victory Walk when World War II begins.

The book is well written and researched. The characters are most interesting. The story contains humor, drama and historical information including the state of nursing and medical in 1939-40. The book was easy to read. I am particularly curious about the role of the District Nurses. If you are interested in historical fiction set in London in the early 1940s, this book is for you. I understand that Anne Groves is a pseudonym for Penny Jordon Halsall (1946-2011). Halsall is a well-known British novelist.

The book is eleven hours and eighteen minutes. Alex Tregear does a good job narrating the book. Tregear is a voice actor and audiobook narrator.


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Interesting slice of London at the beginning of WW

I've always been interested in the homefront both here and in other places (most of the world) affected by the 2nd World War. I also find the work of women at the time interesting. The author brought these girls to life. The story focuses mainly on three young women as nurses in a poor part of London just before and during the first 9 months or so of the war. I'm hoping there will be more in the series. Young women were first making their own way and were quite daring in the eyes of some. Yet most people had great respect for the nurses. If only there was the level of caring in health care today.

The narrator was absolutely lovely and it was easy to keep the characters straight as the girl from Liverpool sounded much different than the Scottish nursing supervisor or the working class people. Was it trememdously deep? No, but it was obvious that the author knew much of what happened in the early days of the war in Britain. It was a delightful weekend read.

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Love And Friendship At The Start Of War

I really enjoyed this story about district nurses at the start of WW2. Enjoyable! Heartwarming!

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A spin on the Nightingale series by Donna Douglas

The story is good but not original. I like the narration in the characters. Maybe I’ve just read too many books like this to really appreciate it. It definitely is worth a read if you like the Nightingale series and Call the Midwife.

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Well written and well narrated. Glimpse of a time in history presented with a good story line and cast of characters.

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A Tale Unended

I loved this book. But I would have liked it to tell the end of the story for Alice , Katie, and Edith.

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A great story for nurses

I couldn't stop listening. As a nurse and a historical fiction buff, this book hit the mark. As full of personal interactions and challenges as "Call the Midwife", and much more realistic than the old and totally unrealistic Cherry Ames books that drew me nursing to begin with, this story leaves me wanting to know more about the characters. I want to read the whole series right now! Granted, as a nurse I'd like more descriptions of techniques and treatments, but the lives of the people is what creates the story. I enjoy the narrator also. She does a great job of keeping you in the story without losing track of who is speaking .

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I am thrilled to find such excellent books by Annie Groves

I have been a fan of book that encapsulates the lives of nurses during WWII that are set in England. I just discovered author Annie Groves and I just used one of my Audible coupons to purchase the next book in this series. I am plotting my reading and listening for at least the next 6 months.

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Just could not get into it. As an RN it just did not appeal as i had wished inin

Just could not get into it. As an RN just did not seem realistic. Darn

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  • Anne Dudley
  • 07-17-21

The district nurse of victory walk

I thoughtally enjoyed this book it was very easy listening and the narrators voice was smooth not like some narrators where they get too near the microphone & it doesn't matter how much you turn the volume down the gritinessis still there.

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  • Country lass
  • 10-02-18

Brilliant

If you enjoyed the Donna Douglas books about the nurses in Steeple Street then you will definitely enjoy this book definitely recommend it.

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  • Gertie Bond
  • 02-26-22

Call the Midwife Genre

A comfortable story of nurses in East London in the early war years. Predictable characters and storyline. The narration was more suited to children’s books rather than dealing with domestic abuse, abject poverty, premarital sex and death in war time.
An easy listen when busy doing other things. Won’t listen to any more in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-21

fabulous book

Narrator's voice very calming. wonderful book. really enjoyed the story. can't wait to start the 2nd book

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  • Emilia Hicks
  • 08-03-20

Beautifully written and read.

Beautifully written and read. Hooked from the get-go. Sometimes you need an audiobook that you that makes you feel like you are in someone’s front room, being read to. This is it. The characters are believable, the storylines heartfelt and the book is read beautifully. Highly recommend.

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  • Florence Savory
  • 01-12-20

A very enjoyable book beautifully read

Very easy to listen to and enjoy Anne groves made it very realistic and real

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  • Lillian
  • 07-18-19

wonderful book

loved this book. looking forward to reading the next in their series. this author is excellent.

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  • Susan Ross
  • 02-11-19

very good book

really enjoyed it..narration really good..disappointed it ended so abruptly was wanting to hear a bit more.

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  • Ms. S. J. Aldridge
  • 12-08-18

great listen

this was a good book is there any more in this series? I hope so I'll have to go find out

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  • prinbird
  • 11-21-18

Excellent Book

Loved it from start to finish. I’m guessing there is a second book I sincerely hope so if not it would be a poor ending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-20

Great until the end

I loved this right up until the very end. I felt the end in comparison to the book was a tad disappointing. I still would definitely reccomend listening to this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-19

Such a lovely story, easy listening

I enjoyed the pleasantness of the story. It’s written in such a way that you can’t help but want to listen to it all the way through.

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  • Libby
  • 04-02-19

Good read.

Not much about actual nursing... But a good story... Good details..enjoyable
Well narrated
I recommend