'A Nurse in the Belfast Blitz: The Diary of Emma Duffin 1939-42' is a collection from the journals of the Belfast nurse, held in PRONI. Trevor Parkhill reproduces them here almost exactly as written, giving readers a real insight into wartime Belfast.
Beautifully designed, accessible, and illustrated with images and artifacts from the Northern Ireland War Memorial and other sources, Parkhill’s work is a fresh look at these well-kept journals. As well as being a nurse and serving in both World Wars, Emma Duffin was a leading voice in social welfare in the city. Her writing shows these sympathies as well as a talent for the written word. Among the gripping stories in the collection are details of her journey through the city on the morning following The Easter Raid, and her vivid account of working in the temporary mortuaries that sprang up in the aftermath of the Belfast Blitz.