With a Silent Companion

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Red Deer Press, Aug 1, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 176 pages
Inspired by the true-life account of Margaret Anne Bulkley, With a Silent Companion recounts the remarkable journey of a determined young woman born in eighteenth-century Ireland. With her father in debtor's prison and her mother's palsy worsening, Margaret and her mother journey to London to seek a better future. But as each attempt to make a living fails, their hopes are slowly abandoned.

Fearful that she and her ailing mother will be unable to support themselves after their meager financial reserves run out, Margaret makes the most extraordinary decision of her life. Her heart broken by the constant threat of poverty but her spirit awakened by the challenge of two moneyed gentlemen, she enrolls in medicine at the renowned University of Edinburgh and, after years of dedicated study, becomes a surgeon.

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The remarkable journey of a brave young Irish woman who was determined to follow her passion and become a doctor. Which she did - however only disguised as a man! A thoroughly enjoyable read and one to surely to inspire any bright young woman. Read full review


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Florida Town was born in Burnaby, B.C. and raised in Vancouver. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University. She has published several books including "With A Silent Companion" (Red Deer Press) and has an extensive writing background in newspapers and radio broadcasting. Florida has a lifelong interest in outdoor sports and is a gold medalist in solo outrigger paddling at the World Master Games.

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