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Churchill History Lecture Series: Nursing Churchill – Jill Rose

06 Nov 2019
Location: Jock Colville Hall, Churchill College
Start time: 17:30
End time: 19:00

Nursing Churchill, based on the wartime letters of her mother Doris Miles, who nursed the Prime Minister during a severe bout of pneumonia in 1943, is the first published book by Jill Rose.  It has been praised by medical professionals and leading Churchill experts including WSC biographer Andrew Roberts, who has called it a “fine and fun book . . . I highly recommend it.”  Professor Jeffries, Dean of the George Washington University School of Nursing, writes: “Jill Rose provides a wonderful, loving, historical and inspiring story” and Professor David Dilks, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Hull, author of Churchill and Company: Allies and Rivals in War and Peace, says:

  "Nursing Churchill is a delight.  It provides a detailed account of Winston Churchill’s serious illness early in 1943, and indeed displays the chart showing that on February 19 he had a temperature of 103°.  But the book also tells a love-story, recounted in the letters – touching, funny and acute – which Churchill’s nurse wrote to her husband, then serving at sea."

Doris Miles receiving a medal

Doris gets her gold medal, 1941

Jill was born in London in 1947, and spent part of her childhood in Jamaica.  She earned a B.Sc.degree from University College, London, and worked as a computer programmer in Canada and Washington DC before moving with her husband to Hawaii, where they spent ten years running a small macadamia nut orchard and a computer business.  They now live in south Florida.

Jill enjoys cats, cryptic crosswords, yoga and reading, particularly anything involving history.   She and her husband travel a lot, and have been to over eighty countries, every continent and all fifty of the United States.  They have travelled by bus from Ecuador to Tierra del Fuego, by train across Australia, and have cruised across the Arctic and Antarctic Circles and the Equator. 

Like Winston Churchill, Jill has always loved the English language, and enjoys writing parodies, poems and travel blogs for her family and friends.  She gets a kick out of clever, witty wordplay and is an engaging and stimulating speaker.

Nursing Churchill book cover

Nursing Churchill on Amazon

Nursing Churchill at Waterstones


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