Mary Russell’s War (twelve)

From Mary Russell’s WWI diary:

20 October 1914

Dr Ginzberg has been tormenting me to write in this journal. I have considered having one of the nurses carry it to the hospital incinerator, but suspect that if I do so, a fresh volume will appear. The woman is relentless.

I have now proven to the doctors of all stripes that I am still capable of setting pen to paper. That is all.


  1. Merrily Taylor on October 20, 2014 at 10:32 am

    This “journal entry” is very Russell – in this case, making a conscious decision to observe the letter of the law and not the spirit. It will take more than Dr. Ginzberg’s goodwill and advice to bring Russell back to life!

  2. Teresa on October 20, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I agree. Very Russellian and to the point. I think she is balking at the whole horrible thing; not just the journal, but the journal, at least, she can talk back to, put her foot down, say NO. The rest….she will just have to cram inside for the time being.


  3. Sabrina Flynn on October 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Poor Russell. I want to give her a hug.

  4. carolyn fetsko on October 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I love the anticipation of waiting for the next entry. It lets me know what it must have been like to wait for Charles Dicken”s Pickwick Papers. An old concept made new again. Thank you

  5. Chris on October 22, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I’m seeing these diary instalments as an ‘extra’ single volume e-book next year…?


    • Laurie King on October 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Chris, how’d you guess? With illustrations…

      • Chris on October 23, 2014 at 4:20 am

        Perfect! Can’t wait. Something more to look forward to;-)

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