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Collins Classics - The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Paperback – 8 December 2021
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- Publisher : HarperCollins GB (8 December 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 000849214X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008492144
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From the Back Cover
Unless I am allowed to tell the story of my life in my own way, I cannot tell it at all.
Mary Seacole – traveller, nurse, businesswoman and radical for her time – defied a prejudiced British government to care for soldiers wounded during the Crimean War.
This ground breaking account, written by Seacole in 1857, brings to life her incredible journey from Jamaica to Central America and England, and then on to modern-day Ukraine, where she acted as nurse to injured soldiers while running her business, the 'British Hotel'. A witness to key battles, she gives vivid accounts of how she coped with disease, bombardment and other adversities during the Crimean War.
In this extraordinary autobiography, Seacole shows how she navigated her way through racial injustice, poverty and ignorance to become the first woman of colour in Britain to publish her memoirs. It is a testament to her enduring legacy.
About the Author
Mary Jane Seacole (1805–1881) was a British-Jamaican nurse, healer and businesswoman who set up the ‘British Hotel’ behind the lines during the Crimean War.
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Even allowing for some exaggeration, it is clear that Mary Seacole's life was one of adventure. She wasn't afraid to put herself in the line of fire and travelled to some of the trickiest locations on the planet by the sound of it. Certainly she was driven by trade (something the British Establishment couldn't forgive her), but she also had altruistic motives for looking after the sick. After all, there was no funding to support her, so medicines and first aid had to be paid for somehow.
Her descriptions of people and places make for exciting and engaging reading. So what if some of it sounds like a Victorian novel? There is enough of the ring of truth to make it a quite fascinating autobiography.
Her recollection of her times in the Crimea where inspiring ?
I’m glad now she has been recognised for her contributions with an amazing statue outside St. Thomas Hospital in London.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 March 2019