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Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking …: Scandilicious THE PAIN AND THE PRIVILEGE: WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF LLOYD GEORGE WILLIAM PITT THE YOUNGER: A BIOGRAPHY WILLIAM WILBERFORCE: THE LIFE OF THE GREAT ANTI-SLAVE TRADE CAMPAIGNER Day of the Match: A History of Football in 365 Days DAVID GENTLEMAN’S PARIS ARTWORK The Phantom of the Open: Maurice Flitcroft, The World’s Worst Golfer DESIGN The Phantom of the Open: Maurice Flitcroft, The World’s Worst Golfer THE CHRISTIAN WATT PAPERS FREDERICK THE GREAT Mrs Dolby’s Memory Magic SPOTLIGHT THE MAKING OF MIA SOE IN FRANCE: AN ACCOUNT OF THE WORK OF THE BRITISH SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE IN FRANCE 1940-1944 MEMORIES OF AN SOE HISTORIAN Day of the Match: A History of Football in 365 Days The Boy from Baby House 10 SPEAKING FOR ENGLAND MUNICH BORODINO THROUGH GERMAN EYES: THE BRITISH AND THE SOMME 1916 NELSON: THE MAN AND THE LEGEND OLIVIER THE FINAL DAYS SAVAGE BLOOD Butcher and Bolt Frontline Lost For Words Step on it, Cupid The Key (Guardians of Time Trilogy) The Dark (Guardians of Time Trilogy) The Named (Guardians of Time Trilogy) EASY TASTING ITALIAN KINGHTS IN WHITE ARMOUR Gone without Trace ABSOLUTE WAR ROONEY’S GOLD MONDAY’S CHILD TURKEY: A SHORT HISTORY THE ATLANTIC AND ITS ENEMIES Dead Heat WORLD WAR ONE TUESDAY’S CHILD MISOGYNIES WHAT WILL SURVIVE SPARKLES GLAMOUR GLITZ PASSION DESIRE The Devil You Know: Looking Out for the Psycho in Your Life DESTINY THE ASHDOWN DIARIES VOLUME 2 THE ASHDOWN DIARIES VOLUME 1 SWORDS AND PLOUGHSHARES A FORTUNATE LIFE THE STOPPING PLACE BLACK SEA: THE BIRTHPLACE OF CIVILISATION AND BARBARISM CROSS MY HEART THE KING INCORPORATED: LEOPALD THE SECOND AND THE CONGO THE EXTRA LARGE MEDIUM GILES AND SUE LIVE THE GOOD LIFE CRACKING ANTIQUES STONE VOICES: THE SEARCH FOR SCOTLAND EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWS THE SECOND HALF OF YOUR LIFE BEAUTY THE USES OF PESSIMISM Spooning with Rosie INHERITANCE THE CASE OF THE POPE A LION CALLED CHRISTIAN SARAH RAVEN’S GARDENING COOK BOOK SARAH RAVEN’S FOOD FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THE QUEEN MUST DIE I THINK I LOVE YOU I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT TOMAS TRETOWER TO CLYRO: ESSAYS EXILED Talking to a Brick Wall STAR PIECES A GUIDE TO LOOKING AND FEELING FABULOUS OVER FORTY TWIGGY: A LIFE IN PHOTOGRAPHS Shetland Diaries WILDLIFE CURA ROMANA LOVE AFFAIR Stolen Time Land Girls Once a Land Girl The Battle of Hastings The Resident The Shift BORN WILD SILENT NIGHT GREAT GARDENS OF ITALY ABSOLUTE HOME COOKBOOK IVINGTON DIARIES Taste of the Unexpected Queen of Crafts It’s Not Me, It’s You Why Am I Always The One before ‘The One’? ESSENTIAL STORIES THE TOWERS OF TREBIZOND THE BIRDS FALL DOWN THIS REAL NIGHT THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER THE JUDGE THE HARSH VOICE THE FOUNTAIN OVERFLOWS SUNFLOWER HARRIET HUME COUSIN ROSAMUND BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON THE WINDS OF HEAVEN MARIANA THE THISTLE AND THE GRAIL THE SARDANA DANCERS THE PEARL FISHERS THE MISSIONARIES The Best Day of My Life THE CHANGELING The Viking SOME KIND OF GRACE POVERTY CASTLE LUNDERSTON TALES LOVE IS A FERVENT FIRE LEILA DUST ON THE PAW The Men Files THE CONE GATHERERS A VERY SCOTCH AFFAIR THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS UNDER A CANVAS SKY TITUS GROAN TITUS AWAKES TITUS ALONE PEAKE’S PROGRESS THE PRIVATE PAPERS OF EASTERN JEWEL MR PYE LETTERS FROM A LOST UNCLE FA Confidential GOING EAST Tabatha’s Code NOTHING TO FEAR RECIPES TO KNOW BY HEART TEN MINUTES TO TABLE CABLES FROM KABUL The Waiting Room MAGDALENA CURSE THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS DARK ECHO THE EXMOOR FILES: HOW I LOST A HUSBAND AND FOUND RURAL BLISS LIZ JONES’S DIARY: HOW ONE SINGLE GIRL GOT MARRIED THE GORMENGHAST TRILOGY GORMENGHAST Man of the Month Club Extreme Motherhood: The Triplet Diaries CAPTAIN SLAUGHTERBOARD DROPS ANCHOR BOY IN DARKNESS The Tree House Diaries The Berlin Diaries: 1940-1945 Untorn Tickets Father Frank THE RESCUERS The Life of Reilly YOUNG BESS THE GALLIARD Danger Close: Commanding 3 PARA in Afghanistan THE ELIZABETH TRILOGY After Mandela: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa Smile Though Your Heart Is Breaking ELIZABETH, CAPTIVE PRINCESS ELIZABETH AND THE PRINCE OF SPAIN Made In Brighton The Boy From Baby House 10 PASTORS AND MASTERS Not In My Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy Sugar Rush CAUTIONARY VERSES CAUTIONARY TALES Forgotten Soldiers If God Spare My Life Jungle Soldier British Century Rasputin The Faith: A History of Christianity The French Century: An Illustrated History of Modern France Comrades Fire Strike 7/9 Operation Certain Death Slave Homeland Apache Dawn: Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned Archibald Wavell: The Life and Times of an Imperial Servant Prof: The Life and Times of Frederick Lindemann Barca: A People’s Passion Homeland THE WINNING MIND ETHER STAR PIECES THE CORNET PLAYER WHO BETRAYED IRELAND Moody Day Sticker Book PAPER ANGELS Wonderful Today A NURSE IN TIME Ask Me If I’m Happy A NURSE IN ACTION FIRST LADIES ENTIRELY UP TO YOU, DARLING The English Eccentrics I Live Under a Black Sun Collected Poems THE SHIP THE HAPPY RETURN THE COMMODORE When Beckham Went to Spain The Land That Lost Its Heroes: Falklands, the Post-war and Alfonsin Mr Midshipman Hornblower Spain: A Literary Companion Papa Spy Maradona: The Hand of God World Cup 2010 South Africa: The Teams the Players the Venues Introducing Vivaldi Introducing Verdi Introducing Stravinsky Introducing Gershwin Introducing Chopin Introducing Bach Introducing Beethoven The Maestro’s Voice A Dark Enchantment Star in the East: Krishnamurti, the Invention of a Messiah Lieutenant Hornblower WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT Russian Century Making Love: A Conspiracy of the Heart Girl in the Yellow Dress Dream of the Dog A Brief History of Tim: The World Minus One Letter The Sandman Love Out of Season Follow Me Home Hornblower in the West Indies Hornblower and the Hotspur Hornblower and the Crisis A Ship of the Line With Love, Papa Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography Mission Survival: Tracks of the Tiger Mission Survival: Sands of the Scorpian Born Survivor Great Outdoor Adventures: An Extreme Guide to the Best Outdoor Pursuits Mission Survival: Way of the Wolf Mission Survival: Gold of The Gods Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mount Everest Facing the Frozen Ocean: One Man’s Dream to Lead a Team Across the Treacherous North Atlantic Living Wild Brothers I Sent a Letter to My Love The Waiting Game Solitude The Sergeants’ Tale The Elected Member When I Grow Up Shut Up and Kiss Me THE AGENCY – The Body at the Tower THE AGENCY – A Spy in the House Unlike a Virgin The (Im)Perfect Girlfriend 50 Ways to Find a Lover Just Another Manic Mum-Day The Pi**ed-Off Parents Club The Other Side of the Stars The Pocket Guru Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade Amy Amy Amy A Head Full of Blue ALAN CLARK: A LIFE IN HIS OWN WORDS Hornblower and the Atropos FLYING COLOURS THE GENERAL INSPECTOR GHOTE’S FIRST CASE INSPECTOR GHOTE TRUSTS THE HEART UNDER A MONSOON CLOUD THE PERFECT MURDER RULES, REGS AND ROTTEN EGGS ONE MAN AND HIS BOMB INSPECTOR GHOTE BREAKS AN EGG A SMALL CASE FOR INSPECTOR GHOTE? ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE ARROW IN THE BLUE DARKNESS AT NOON THE GLADIATORS THE INVISIBLE WRITING CLEVER POLLY AND THE STUPID WOLF THE MIRROR IMAGE GHOST MARIANNE DREAMS I HEART…NEW YORK I HEART…PARIS I HEART…HOLLYWOOD THE 33 TIMERIDERS: THE DOOMSDAY CODE TIMERIDERS: THE DAY OF THE PREDATOR TIMERIDERS OCTOBER SKIES LAST LIGHT A THOUSANDS SUNS AFTERLIGHT THE STORY OF THE JEWS Camilla Shestopal Jonathan Sissons Nelle Andrew Alexandra Cliff Adam Gauntlett Rachel Mills Laura Williams Michael Sissons and Fiona Petheram Annabel Merullo Silvia Molteni James Carroll Caroline Michel Marilia Savvides

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Sheena Byrom

Sheena Byrom was born and brought up in north-west England, and has lived and worked there all her life. Sheena’s career spans thirty-five years. She has recently taken early retirement and is busy with midwife-related projects and teaching. She is married with four children, one of whom has followed her mother’s footsteps in becoming a midwife lecturer.


Her memoir of life as a midwife, entitled Catching Babies, was published by Headline in November 2011.


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Catching Babies



The inspirational story of life as a midwife.


From her very first day as a nervous student nurse in Blackburn to the dedicated completion of her nursing qualifications and her training as a midwife in Burnley, Sheena Byrom has never once looked back, enjoying a thirty-five-year career with the NHS.


Catching Babies is a moving account of an extraordinary career. It reveals the unique experiences that filled Sheena’s days as she looked after overwhelmed mums and dads and helped to bring their precious babies into the world.


At the forefront of evolving medical practices, she was the first midwife to oversee a home water birth in her area, but also found herself at the centre of a traumatic delivery that resulted in a nine-year litigation case and tested her to her limits.


Yet, whatever has come Sheena’s way, ultimately, there are the strong mothers who taught her so much and the little miracles who have made every single moment as a midwife truly magical.