- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: The X Press; New edition edition (30 Sept. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1874509859
- ISBN-13: 978-1874509851
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,017,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole (X Press Black Classics Series) Paperback – 30 Sep 1999
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About the Author
Mary Seacole was born to a Scottish soldier father and free black mother in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. She travelled to England in the 1850s after building her reputation as a nurse. Her work in the Crimea during the war earned her the Crimean medal and she played a crucial role in opening up the medical and nursing professions to women. She died in obscurity in England in 1881.
Sara Salih is Assistant Professor in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Judith Butler (Routledge 2002), and the editor, with Judith Butler, of The Judith Butler Reader (Blackwell, 2004). She is currently working on a book about representations of 'brown' women in England and Jamaica from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Sara Salih is Assistant Professor in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Judith Butler (Routledge 2002), and the editor, with Judith Butler, of The Judith Butler Reader (Blackwell, 2004). She is currently working on a book about representations of 'brown' women in England and Jamaica from the eighteenth century to the present day.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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She was a born healer and a woman of tremendous energy, she overcame official indifference and racial prejudice as she strove to prove her worth as a Nurse on par with Nightingale herself.
Seacole got herself out to the war by her own efforts and at her own expense, she risked her life to bring comfort to the wounded and dying soldiers; and became one of the first black woman to make a mark on British public life.
But while Florence Nightingale has gone down in history, Mary Seacole was relegated to obscurity until very recently.
This book tells her story in her own words, of her travels, her experiences, her life as a woman in colour living in a time of bigotry, prejudice and racial hatred.
It's a fantastic book and brings to life in its many pages a woman of courage and moral conviction that what she was doing with her life was the right thing to do. To me Mary Seacole optimises the Crimean War in a way that Nightingale never can. A book worthy to be read in schools in the way that Anne Frank is read even now in the 21st century.
The book reads as if she is talking to you like a best friend,the language is easy, the situations range from the desperate to the comical,and the feeling that you come away with is of awe for this spunky lady and inspiration that 'where there is a will there is a way.'
Great reading for historians, nurses or ladies with attitude!
A brave opinionated woman who well deserves to be more widely known.(This is quite a quick read if you don't read the footnotes but I found them fascinating.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fantastic history/knowledge book. Interesting read, recommended to all who wants to go back in time to establish some facts about black history. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cat
Excellent read for those who want to find out more about the time when Florence nightingale was said to be the only one caring for the British soldiers, she wasn't... Read morePublished 12 months ago by JW
What an extraordinary story - this woman showed such strength and courage and really deserves as much recognition as Nightingale.Published 22 months ago by Becki
This is the companion volume to Lady Nugent's Journal as every story has two sides, especially that of Jamaica and it's women. Read morePublished on 28 July 2012 by OnlineCounsellingJamaica
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