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‘a marvellous study…an immensely satisfying book.’ (Paul Theroux)
“A truly absorbing extraordinary journey, beautifully written.” (Kirsty Wark)
About the Author
JULIE DAVIDSON's varied and award-winning career in journalism, includes work for The Times, Observer, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Aberdeen Press & Journal, The Scotsman, The Herald (Glasgow), Cosmopolitan and House & Garden. Winner of 5 Scottish Press Awards, she was a TV presenter and has won several awards for travel writing.
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There is a queue to read this book in our household and I have bought two copies!
I'm delighted with the thoroughness of the research - very well done!
Enough account was not taken of the African cultural aspect however - eg. African respect for her as a person in her own right, AND the shame of returning to her parents' home after marriage - apparently unhappy and neglected/skinny.
Mary would have been steeped in local cultural nuance in a way neither her father, morther or husband would have been, having spent her playtime listening to discussions by the 'big-girls' when she was growing up.
All in all I really enjoyed this book.
Well written, in an excellent English, somewhat rare nowadays.
The author starts and the end of Mary Livingstone's life and follows the route of her journeys through Africa, and her return to the UK.
Little is known about Mary Livingstone and this book reveals a strong and determined woman, who got on with life, on her own and with Livingstone himself. Born a Moffat, daughter of a well-known missionary she was well respected and her position offered opportunities to Livingstone that he would not otherwise have had.
Traveling on ox-carts, bearing 6 children in Africa, popular with the indigenous peoples and speaking several of their languages, she comes across as a forthright and capable woman. Constrained by the Victorian mode of the time, she followed her husband's dictates and returned to Scotland, where she waited for four years with her parents-in-law. With little money, she left for London and lived in Hackney with her children, until summoned back to Africa as the wife of the famous Dr. Livingstone.
Read it if you enjoy history, good English and a fascinating story.
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