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 says:

    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. 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. Poor Russell. I want to give her a hug.

  4. carolyn fetsko says:

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


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