Where Did They Get You? a memoir by Bridget P. McDonnell

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Where Did They Get You? a memoir by Bridget P. McDonnell

This is a story of one woman’s experiences, from growing up in Ireland in the period immediately after the second world war, emigration while still in the prime of her youth, a career in nursing that spanned five decades and, which took her to at least eight countries, as well as travels the length and breadth of the globe.

It is also a memoir that charts the changing face of Irish society, as witnessed and perceived by one who was a member of the Irish diaspora. The author's relationship with her home country, the family and friends whom she left behind are all discussed, in tandem with a career in nursing and many overseas adventures, which are recorded in absorbing detail too.

It is mainly a story of personal triumph, overcoming adversity, drawing on the strength of one's upbringing and convictions in doing so. It is, first and foremost, a very personal reflection, even though many of the experiences recounted here may be regarded as typical of her generation. The author talks candidly about coming to terms with the changes and vicissitudes in fortunes and circumstances. She explores both the highs and lows, the excitement and thrills alongside periods of loneliness and the feeling that something is absent in one's life.

Finally, this is a story of one who never lost touch with her roots, however trying and difficult the circumstances may have been. Having moved back to Ireland, she retired in 2009 and today lives less than twelve miles from the place where she grew up.

Where Did They Get You? a memoir by Bridget P. McDonnell
Non-fiction, autobiography, memoir, Irish interest, nursing, travelogue
188 pages, paperback
First published in Ireland, in 2012, by The Manuscript Publisher
ISBN: 978-0-9571157-4-3

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