’Molly’s sincerity, compassion and integrity shines through her poetry and her skill as a nurse.’
Title: Underneath the Roses Where I remembered everything
Author: Molly Case.
Publisher: Burning Eye Books
Reviewer: Dr Peter Carter OBE
What was it like?
This is a book of 15 poems that reflects aspects of Molly’s journey from a schoolgirl to a Nurse.
The poems are poignant in that they reflect many of the daily issues facing nurses. The frustrations, tensions, stress and of course fulfilment. Molly does not hold back and the reader will find the poems challenging and inspiring in equal measure
In 2013 Molly enthralled the RCN Congress with her poem Nursing the Nation. It has been viewed on YouTube over 400,000 times. Having the poem in writing will be a source of great comfort to many nurses particularly when the pressures of the job are getting on top of them.
What were the highlights?
I am reluctant to single out a particular poem as each one captured the essence of nursing and many of the contemporary issues facing society. The poem The Park next to the Hospital particularly resonated with me as I suspect it will do with many nurses.
Strengths and weaknesses:
There are no obvious weaknesses in this anthology. The poems have a pleasing economy of line and are written in plain English. People who are not normally drawn to poetry will have no problems with interpretation. The clarity is commendable.
In addition the book at £9.99 represents excellent value for money. With Christmas approaching it will make an ideal gift. During the winter months after Christmas it will be a welcome companion on bleak winter nights. Molly’s sincerity, compassion and integrity shines through her poetry and her skill as a nurse. She brings warmth and comfort to her readers and her patients.
Who should read it?
This book will appeal to nurses, members of other health professions and the general public. One thing is certain, Molly Case sure can write and in the years to come we are going to hear a lot more fro this young woman.
Underneath the roses
Underneath the Roses can be purchased from Molly’s website: www.mollycasespeaks.com