Nonagenerian from Emsworth writes autobiography

Joyce Spencer, 90, from Emsworth, with her autobiography and her ghost writer Edward Couzens-Lake
Joyce Spencer, 90, from Emsworth, with her autobiography and her ghost writer Edward Couzens-Lake

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A FORMER wartime nurse is celebrating the publication of her autobiography.

Joyce Spencer, a lifelong resident of Emsworth, has launched her book Tender Joy.

The 90-year-old recalls in the book, written alongside ghostwriter Edward Couzens-Lake, how, against her own wishes, she had to leave school when she was 14.

This was to start her working life, looking after two young children who lived close to her home at the time.

Despite her initial misgivings, Joyce flourished in the role and discovered a flair for looking after people.

She later became a nurse at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth, working there as war raged around her.

It was a war that wrought destruction on a proud naval city, but failed to damage her resolve, said Joyce’s publicist.

For enquiries about the book contact Edward Couzens-Lake on (01243) 551604 or email edward@couzens-lake.co.uk.