Book review: The Nurses of Steeple Street

Valerie McGurk reviews The Nurses of Steeple Street, a new novel from the author of the Nightingale series.
Steeple Street


Valerie McGurk reviews the latest book from the author of the Nightingale series.

This new novel from the author of the Nightingale series, The Nurses of Steeple Street, does not disappoint.

Set in a mining town in the 1920s, it follows district nurses Agnes and Polly in their day-to-day encounters and care rounds. Polly works under the watchful eye of her mother Bess, but their relationship becomes more strained when Polly falls in love and, looking for her mother’s approval, learns the truth about the father she doted on.

Meanwhile, Agnes, who is in her probationary period, is looking for a fresh start after losing the love and respect of her family. She believes her training at the Nightingale has prepared her fully for work in the community, but is assigned to Quarry Hill, a notorious slum. There she visits patients


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