The “brand leader in hospital fiction”
Lucilla Andrews wrote 33 novels, an autobiography, and many short stories. Her books were published in 11 languages and sold almost 3 million copies during her lifetime. The Nursing Times said that Lucilla was “arguably the best of all writers of hospital fiction”, and The Guardian called her the “brand leader in hospital fiction”.
The early years
Lucilla was born in Egypt, but went to boarding school in England. She trained as a Nightingale nurse at St Thomas’s hospital in London. Her first published work was a short story in Good Housekeeping magazine, written while she was working as a nurse and bringing up her young daughter.
Fiction based on real life experiences
Lucilla’s novels are well known for their often gritty and no-nonsense portrayals of hospital life, as well as for their romantic plots. Thanks to her own nursing career, her stories present gripping and realistic accounts of nurses’ everyday experiences.
The legacy of Lucilla Andrews
Lucilla was a founder member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the RNA shortly before her death.
Despite their huge popularity, Lucilla’s novels were out of print for some time, and had never been published as ebooks. Second-hand copies of some of her paperbacks can go for up to three figure sums. Happily, Wyndham Books are now reissuing her entire backlist of novels.
Read the novels of Lucilla Andrews in exclusive ebook editions from Wyndham Books:
The Print Petticoat
The Secret Armour
The Quiet Wards
The First Year
A Hospital Summer
My Friend the Professor
Flowers from the Doctor
The Young Doctors Downstairs
The New Sister Theatre
The Light in the Ward
A House for Sister Mary
A Few Days in Endel (writing as Diana Gordon)