An Ocean Apart – Call The Midwife Meets Small Island

Fans of the highly successful television series Call The Midwife will be inspired by author Sarah Lee’s debut novel.

‘An Ocean Apart’ is due to be published on September 29th by Pan Macmillan. Based on real stories of the Windrush Generation and her own mother, Margery’s experience as a nurse coming to Britain from the Caribbean, the book is a joy to read.

The Windrush Generation marks the people who emigrated from the Caribbean to Britain between the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush on June 22nd, 1948, and the Immigration Act 1971, including the passengers on the first ship.

It’s 1954 and in Barbados, Ruby Haynes spots an advertisement for young women to train as nurses for the new National Health Service in Great Britain.

Her sister Connie takes some persuading, but soon the sisters are on their way to a new country and a whole new world of experiences.

Sarah Lee, author of An Ocean Apart
Sarah Lee, author of An Ocean Apart

As they start their training in Hertfordshire, they discover England isn’t quite the promised land, as for every door that is opened to them, the sisters find many slammed in their faces.

Although the girls find friendships with their fellow nurses, Connie struggles being so far from home and keeping secret the daughter she has left behind in search of a better life for the both of them.

This topical book is beautifully written and has a gentle pace to it, which keeps the reader enthralled and eager to keep turning the page and is a wonderful debut novel.

Sarah drew on her 25 years of experience as a journalist working across news and features and writing for regional and national newspapers, as well as commissioning for women’s true-life magazines.

Her career has more recently seen Sarah focus on the world of travel, creating luxury blog and working with destinations and brands worldwide on story-telling marketing campaigns and conferences through her company, Captivate.

Call the Midwife meets Small Island - An Ocean Apart Cover

Publication date: 29th September 2022
UK Price: £8.99 Paperback; £13.59 Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1529095586
Pages: 336

An Ocean Apart – Call the Midwife meets Small Island
By Sarah Lee
Published by Pan Macmillan

For more information and to order a copy of ‘An Ocean Apart’, please visit: You will also find it available to order at Amazon, Waterstones and WH Smith.

Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.

Images courtesy of Sarah Lee and Pan Macmillan

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