Mary Morris - Author

About the Author

Mary Morris (nee Mulry) was born in County Galway in 1921. After completing her nursing training in London from 1939, she joined the Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Service Reserve in 1944. She married Captain Malcolm Morris in London in 1946, and they settled in Britain after the war. Mary later returned to nursing and never stopped writing. She died in 1997, and is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. Carol Acton is Associate Professor of English, St Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo, Ontario specialising in war writing, especially autobiographical works. She discovered Mary's diaries in the Imperial War Museum archives.

Featured books by Mary Morris

A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime

A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime

Author: Mary Morris Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

'I always seem to be saying good-bye to men whom I might have loved had there been enough time...' 1939: 18-year-old trainee nurse Mary Mulry arrives in London from Ireland, hoping for adventure. Little did she know what the next seven years would bring. In her extraordinary diary, published now for the first time, Mary records in intimate detail her life as a nurse, both on the Home Front and on the frontline. From nursing children during bombing raids in London to treating Allied soldiers in Normandy, Mary's experiences gave her vivid and unforgettable material for the private diary she was dedicated to keeping. Filled with romance, glamour and inevitably sadness, too, these are the rich memories of an irrepressible personality, living through the turbulent years of the Second World War.

A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime

A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime

Author: Mary Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/06/2014

Mary Mulry was eighteen years old when she arrived in London from Ireland to begin training as a nurse. The year was 1939. She had hoped for an adventure and a new start; she could not have predicted what the next seven years would bring. In this extraordinary diary Mary recorded in intimate detail her experiences as a nurse on the Home Front and later working on the frontline in Europe. In London, she nursed critically ill children during bombing raids and narrowly escaped with her life in one the worst nights of the Blitz. In Normandy, arriving on the heels of the D-Day invasion, she tended to Allied soldiers and German prisoners of war. In war-torn Belgium, she witnessed harrowing casualties from the Battle of Arnhem. Yet romance, glamour and adventure were never far away for Mary, even if her relationships often had to be cut short.

Other books by Mary Morris

Enter Water Swimmer

Enter Water Swimmer

Author: Mary Morris Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2018

These poems travel physically and emotionally, addressing the human condition through evocative language. Enter Water, Swimmer and you will be steeped in various manifestations of this world and beyond, daring to take on diverse realms of women, belief, culture, and ethics. Day One You slipped through me, not by me. How could I have known I would fall through these waters into the country of us?

A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime

A Very Private Diary A Nurse in Wartime

Author: Mary Morris Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

'I always seem to be saying good-bye to men whom I might have loved had there been enough time...' 1939: 18-year-old trainee nurse Mary Mulry arrives in London from Ireland, hoping for adventure. Little did she know what the next seven years would bring. In her extraordinary diary, published now for the first time, Mary records in intimate detail her life as a nurse, both on the Home Front and on the frontline. From nursing children during bombing raids in London to treating Allied soldiers in Normandy, Mary's experiences gave her vivid and unforgettable material for the private diary she was dedicated to keeping. Filled with romance, glamour and inevitably sadness, too, these are the rich memories of an irrepressible personality, living through the turbulent years of the Second World War.

Crossroads

Crossroads

Author: Mary Morris Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2014

Mary Morriss first book, the short story collection Vanishing Animals, was widely nailed by critics as one of the most distinguished recent debuts by a fiction writer. The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters recognized her achievement with a citation and the coveted Rome Prize in Literature. Here, in her first novel, Mary Morris continues to fulfill her great promise, giving to her readers a compassionate story of good romance and bad timing, a novel of ordinary circumstance gone awry told with an extraordinary talent that is right on target. Deborah Mills is an urban planner: an expert in traffic, a specialist in roads. At work she can plan for millions of people, but her own life seems to be a muddle. Her seven-year marriage falls apart when her husband tells her he is having an affair with one of her oldest friends. Stunned and angry, she haltingly begins her funny, bittersweet attempt to put her wrecked marriage behind her and start life anew. When her brother Zap, the family renegade, motorcycles back into her life, his reappearance causes Deborah to see how the residue of the past leaves its indelible mark on present events. Inevitably, she must set a new course: enter into new involvements and arrive at a new and encompassing autonomy. At a friends country house she meets Sean, an assistant film director who looks strikingly like Robert De Niro. He advances, she retreats, and the questions begin. What direction should her future take? Is it too early or too late to begin all over again?Crossroads is a novel about how one woman goes from being tossed about by fate to taking command of her own life. Joyce Carol Oates has praised Mary Morriss fiction as beautifully crafted. Rosellen Brown has found her work full of unexpected invention and sudden, almost offhand plunges toward a mysterious center. With Crossroads, Mary Morris gives her admirers a new chance to celebrate.

Bus of Dreams

Bus of Dreams

Author: Mary Morris Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2014

In these fifteen deftly crafted stories, Mary Morris takes us to a Greek village, Cape Canaveral, South America, New York City in the heat of Augustand into the heads and hearts of characters coming to know a bit more about their worlds. A Panamanian girl searches for her beautiful sister; a typewriter reveals unspoken secrets to a vacationing couple; the employees of a copy shop long for the lives of their customers. Morriss wistful, knowing style and her grasp of the tiny elements that mark the turning points in relationships make her stories resonate with lingering emotional truths.

Tracy Beaker Gets Real

Tracy Beaker Gets Real

Author: Mary Morris, Grant Olding, Jacqueline Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2010

The most popular teenager in Britain comes to the stage! Tracy Beaker Gets Real has been adapted by Mary Morris with music by Grant Olding from one of the most successful children's books ever, Jacqueline Wilson's The Story of Tracy Beaker. We join Tracy, aged 15, as she returns to the 'Dumping Ground' and looks back on the last four years of her life, from being fostered - and dumped - and fostered again, to finding a happy, if not altogether harmonious home with writer Cam. When Tracy's mum unexpectedly reappears in her life, Tracy hopes that her days of being passed around like a parcel are over, but she soon comes to realize that the people she has always tried to push away are the ones she really needs the most. Touching and very funny, this play brings Tracy Beaker's trademark talent for troublemaking, fun and friendship to any production.

Longman School Drama: Two Weeks with the Queen playscript

Longman School Drama: Two Weeks with the Queen playscript

Author: Mary Morris Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2007

An adaptation of Morris Gleitzman's hilarious yet poignant novel.When his brother is suddenly taken seriously ill, Colin is sent from his home in Australia to England to stay with his Aunty Iris.At first, Colin is devastated, but then he hits on a plan: who better to help him find a doctor able to make his brother better than the Queen? What are the themes? Family, responsibility, relationships, death, grief, growing up, injustice and prejudice. Teaching points An ideal opportunity to look at a popular text in different forms, helping pupils to appreciate the similarities and differences between plays and novels. The play also offers a wide range of opportunities to focus on pertinent contemporary issues that are presented in an accessible way.

Revenge

Revenge

Author: Mary Morris Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2005

Revenge is a compelling and psychologically complex story of female friendship, art, and life. When a young painter moves next door to a world class novelist with writer's block, the two women become entwined in a novel described by Michael Cunningham as "e;compelling and darkly beautiful . . . Never less than gripping, Revenge builds to the realm of the genuinely revelatory."e;

Volunt Work&Welf State Ils 197

Volunt Work&Welf State Ils 197

Author: Mary Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/1998

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Blabbermouth

Blabbermouth

Author: Mary Morris Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/1996

The Virago Book Of Women Travellers

The Virago Book Of Women Travellers

Author: Mary Morris Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1992

Some of the extraordinary women whose writings are including in this collection are observers of the world in which they wander; their prose rich in description, remarkable in detail. Mary McCarthy conveys the vitality of Florence while Willa Cather's essay on Lavandou foreshadows her descriptions of the French countryside in later novels. Others are more active participants in the culture they are visiting, such as Leila Philip, as she harvests rice with chiding Japanese women, or Emily Carr, as she wins the respect and trust of the female chieftain of an Indian village in Northern Canada. Whether it is curiosity about the world, a thirst for adventure or escape from personal tragedy, all of these women are united in that they approached their journeys with wit, intelligence, compassion and empathy for the lives of those they encountered along the way. Features writing from Gertrude Bell, Edith Wharton, Isabella Bird, Kate O'Brien, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and many others.

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