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Rosalie: In her own words

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Rosalie In her own words by Rosalie J Saunders

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.

Gareth J M Saunders



  • Edit
  • Typeset
  • Cover design
  • ISBN number
  • Submission to publisher


  • A5 (148 mm × 210 mm)
  • 408 pages
  • Monochrome pages
  • Full colour cover


Family of Rosalie J Saunders

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The story

After my mother died in August 2020, I discovered around 900 pages of writing on her laptop, much of it autobiographical.

Over the next couple of years, I compiled her writing into this autobiography, an anthology of the pieces that Rosalie wrote about her life, her memories, her experiences. From an early childhood in Selkirk at the outbreak of the second world war, through a few years in Malaya, returning to the UK to live with family while her mother, father and brother remained in the far east, to training in nursing and midwifery, journeying to India to work in a church mission and falling in love, returning to the UK and starting a family. The articles in this volume are grouped into chapters that roughly follow this story arc.

My sister and brother wrote forewords while I typeset the book, created a table of contents and designed the front and back covers.

When ready, I uploaded it to the self-publishing platform Lulu, applied for an ISBN number and ordered my first proof copy, before ordering further copies for Mum’s family and friends.

I would be happy to help you create something similar for your loved ones.

Rosalie: In her own words - front and back covers
Rosalie: In her own words - inside

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