Based on historical fact, Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse 

tells the story about the legendary Edith Cavell, a British nurse whose duties as a healer clashed with the demands of a ruthless occupying regime during World War I.

At the request of a brilliant and hot-headed surgeon, Edith went from London to Brussels to create Belgium’s first school of nursing. But at the height of her success, the German army marched into neutral Belgium and took over her hospital and school. Swept up in the struggle to survive under the repressive and brutal control of the German occupiers, Edith is forced to make a decision when two wounded British soldiers came to her seeking asylum

If she takes them in, she will put herself in danger. If she doesn’t, they will most likely die of infection or by the hands of the Germans. 


Her decision plunged her into the dangerous and clandestine world of the Belgian underground, where she became an important link in the rescue of Allied soldiers. For nine months, this quiet religious nurse, went about saving soldiers under the very noses of the German command. 

 What happened next is both shocking and

suspenseful. It caused a worldwide outrage,

shaped American public opinion of the war,

and rocked the German government.

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Published by: HenschelHaus Publishing / ISBN:  978-159598354-1 / Price: $ 19.95

Audio CD

Audio CD Now Available!


Read by a British actress Laura Watling from Norwich, England, this audio sounds as if Edith is telling her own story! It brings a whole new dimension to the written version.  Sample this sound bite here:

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14 CDs in a hard plastic casing / ISBN:  978-159598418-0 / Price: $ 39.95


The first book of “Fatal Destiny: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse” was such a success that the British readers requested to have their own version of the book.  In response to their request, the author, Terri Arthur, worked with two British editors to prepare a British version for the readers in the UK.


British Version

British Version Now Available!

Both books were published by a lager publisher, HenschelHaus Publishing, Inc. from Wisconsin. It has been

re-edited, re-formatted into a larger print with a wider center margin, and more pictures. The Memorials section has been updated so that this list is now one of the most comprehensive lists of memorials dedicated to Edith Cavell found anywhere in the world.

Published in October, 2014, it is a timely WWI

story just as the British are remembering the

entry of their country into The Great War a

century ago. It has been endorsed by three

British luminaries: 


  • Nick Miller is the recognized British historian for Edith Cavell.

  • Kate Tompkins, is the recently former Executive Director of the Cavell Nurses Trust.

  • Robert Tunmore, is the great nephew of one of the first soldiers rescued by Miss Cavell. He is British Nursing Officer for the Department of Health in England.

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Published by: HenschelHaus Publishing / ISBN:  978-159598342-8 / Price: $ 19.95

The British version isn’t only for the Brits. Anyone who enjoys the British theater and culture will also enjoy reading in the British style of writing. – After all, Edith Cavell was a British nurse.

If this book is used as part of an academic curriculum, an academic discount can be obtained by contacting

Kira Henschel at:

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