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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (27 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841196770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841196770
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,461,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jane was born in Edinburgh and brought up in North Yorkshire. After reading English at Somerville College, Oxford, she became an antiquarian book dealer, and later a writer. Her eight books to date have been critically acclaimed, and have confirmed her as one of our most engaging and original social historians.

Jane lives near Oxford with her husband and - during university holidays - her two sons. She writes full time, apart from when she's happily travelling to give talks or broadcasts about her books, or working one day a week at Somerville College as an assistant archivist.

Learn more about her books, work in progress, and future speaking engagements on www.jane-robinson.com, where you can also send her a message.

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'In her chatty and discursive book Jane Robinson successfully conveys Mary Seacole's charisma, independent spirit and determination.' -- Literary Review, 1 Feb 2005

'Robinson masterfully delivers a crisp life, bursting with detail.' -- Good Book Guide, 1 Feb 2005

A beautiful description of racial injustice. -- Daily Express

Book Description

Recently voted 'Greatest Black

Briton in History' - Mother Seacole

was a neglected heroine


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 18 Jun 2010
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This the story of a black Jamaican(1805-1881)who traveled ,at the age of 50 ,to London where her services were rebuffed and then onto the Crimea where she set up the British hotel for recuperating troops and became a legend like Florence Nightingale and Dr.Sutherland.
The author tells the story as she imagines what Mrs. Seacole was thinking which is a bit distracting.
The book is well written,researched and easy to read.There are good notes,referances and bibliography plus excellent illustrations and photographs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. H. Mcleay on 21 July 2011
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Interesting and well written book I would not term her a heroine but she certainly was a very resourceful and charismatic character. The details of the Crimea very well detailed and mirrored the history of events I had read in previous books covering this war. A must read book many friends have now read it and all very impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amanda smith on 14 July 2013
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a fine read giving the reader a feel for the exquisite a gem of a human being.its a must read
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cj on 4 Sep 2005
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One of the key issues in this fascinating book is the stark social and behavioural comparison between Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. We have all been told at school and throughout history of the wonders of Florence and her lamp - well time now to glance at what Mary did!
An account of unbridled energy, commitment,and optimism, one feels that the author, to a degree, does not fully capitalise on the contribution that Mary Seacole made.
However a superb book and a telling lesson in how to fight racial and class prejudice.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By claudette on 16 Oct 2013
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The book was just okay. Have not read it as yet. But will soon . I am reading one right now
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