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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140263926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140263923
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is hard to imagine how one might improve on Bostridge's masterly understanding' Sunday Times 'A masterly work, sympathetic but even-handed, and enormously enjoyable to read' New Statesman 'Perceptive and engrossing ... a fascinating portrait' History Today 'Compellingly authoritative' Evening Standard 'A biography that triumphs' Daily Mail 'Sympathetic and vivid ... Will not be superseded for generations to come' Telegraph 'A masterly achievement ... immensely readable' Financial Times

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'Brilliantly evoked ... Bostridge paints a moving picture ... It is hard to imagine how one might improve on Bostridge's masterly understanding' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a superb book. It is meticulously researched and beautifully written and the truth is extracted with great intelligence. In the process various myths are dispelled. Her family life is described with much care and particularly her struggles to escape from it. The author keeps a fine balance between a highly intelligent woman with a firm mind and the goodness for which she has been so praised. I cannot think that anymore can be written about her. It is a book to enjoy.
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This must be the definitive biography of Florence Nightingale - although she is so well known, so much of her reputation is built on myth, and in my case on the Florence Nightingale: An adventure from history (Ladybird books) that I read as a child! Bostridge carefully demolishes the mythology and builds a thorough and comprehensive picture of her life and works. We learn that Nightingale was so much more than 'The Lady with the Lamp', and I was surprised by the extent of her work and her influence - being a woman in the nineteenth century, much of this was done behind the scenes and thus has been lost to popular history. She deserves to be better known for her real efforts and achievements, rather than for the small part of her life spent walking the wards of a hospital in the Crimea.

This book will be of great interest to anyone interested in women's history, social history, the history of nursing and public health, and the way in which the work of some tenacious and forward- thinking people in the nineteenth century made possible the improvements in medical care we have today. It is also a personal story of a great individual who had the determination to transcend many of the social and cultural barriers which faced middle-class Victorian women who wanted to carve out a profession or career of their own. Florence Nightingale deserves to be remembered, not for her mythical saintliness, but for her hard work and determination to achieve something more than was expected of women in that time and place.
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A few months ago, I was sent a proof copy of this book, which came in at just under 550 words. The published hardback version also includes illustrations, and is a massive 672 pages!

In his introduction, Mark Bostridge explains how he has been aided by the gradual appearance of many of Florence Nightingale's selected writings, as well as his research in the unpublished archive of Nightingale family papers. It's obvious just how much work has gone into his book, and it is both detailed and informative.

It is a long, detailed book, and yet it is incredibly readable. It covers everything you can imagine, from Florence Nightingale's family, her time in the Crimean War, her reforms to nursing, and finishes by exploring her role as an icon.

Although this is such a big book, it has been divided into sections, and it is possible to read them separately. Although reading about her family background, and her life growing up will give you that wider understanding of her character as a whole, the sections based around the Crimean War, and those about her health reforms could be read independently.

Being a nurse myself, and having worked at St Thomas's, the nursing section was the most interesting to me. Florence was never interested in nurses carrying out any medical duties, but her passion was on cleanliness - oh how things have changed! It's also interesting to see how early a paid register was in place for nurses.

This is a detailed work, which is highly readable, and offers content suitable for many people - it would be a great buy for anyone with an interest in any aspect of Florence Nightingale's life, and for nurses today, who wish to learn a little more about the background of their profession.
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Yes a perfect 'read' especially for anyone either retired from or currently in the Nursing profession.

A lot to be learned form this book.....
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Too much detail, too many names… for a non-historian, non-british, it was hard to keep up. I greatly admire the work of Florence Nightingale, but I would rather read a more concise version of her career development and achievements, with some few references to difficulties encountered in her personal life and social circles of her time, rather than who she met.
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I went to the Florence Nightinggale museum in London with my sister and bought this book for my sister for her birthday.
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