Rosalie—In her own words

Cover for the book Rosalie—In Her Own Words shows a black and white photograph of a young woman in a white dress sitting on a chair
My beautiful Mum


This is the story of my mum Rosalie’s life, as told in her own words.

Rosalie Jean Saunders (née Brydon) was born a few weeks before the outbreak of the second world war and died 81 years later during another international emergency, the Covid-19 pandemic.

Born in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, Rosalie’s life took her to the jungles of Malaya where she and her pet monkey got caught in the middle of a civil war (and was taught to fire a Bren gun by the Gurkhas) before returning two years later to complete her education in Scotland. After training as a nurse in Edinburgh and as a midwife in Dumfries and Glasgow, Rosalie spent a year at missionary college before sailing to India to work for four years as a midwife in a mission hospital. It was there she met her future husband, Keith. They got engaged in Kashmir, married in Selkirk and after a brief sojourn near London, they returned to Rosalie’s hometown to settle and raise a family.

This book is filled with the love, grace and compassion that shaped Rosalie’s life, from her first encounters with God in a tree in Malaya, briefly dying in an Indian hospital, to her words of comfort to whoever “will take my funeral service”. Read Rosalie’s stories of animal encounters in southeast Asia, caring for unmarried, pregnant women in Bristol, and journeys across India, as well as recollections of family members and Selkirk in the 1940s.

  • Written by: Rosalie J Saunders
  • Edited by: Gareth J M Saunders
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Year: 2022
  • Edition: 1st
  • Pages: 408
  • ISBN: 978-1-4709-8521-0
  • Price: UK £20.00 / EU €25.00 / US $25.00
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