Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale : The Woman and Her Legend

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The soldier's saviour, the standard-bearer of modern nursing, a pioneering social reformer - and much else besides - Florence Nightingale belongs to that select band of historical characters who are instantly recognisable. As the Lady with the Lamp, ministering to the wounded and dying of the Crimean War, she offers an enduring image of sentimental appeal, and one that is permanently lodged in the national consciousness. She has been honoured and admired, criticised and ridiculed. More often than not, she has been misrepresented and misunderstood.In this remarkable book, the first major biography of Florence Nightingale in over fifty years, Mark Bostridge draws on a wealth of unpublished material, including previously unseen family papers, to throw significant new light on this extraordinary woman's life and character. By disentangling elements of myth from the reality, Bostridge has written a vivid and immensely readable account of one of the most iconic figures in modern British history.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 672 pages
  • 154 x 242 x 44mm | 1,102.22g
  • VIKING
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 24b/w inset
  • 0670874116
  • 9780670874118
  • 1,415,709

About Mark Bostridge

Mark Bostridge won the Gladstone Memorial Prize at Oxford University. His books include Vera Brittain: A Life, shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award; the bestselling Letters from a Lost Generation, also adapted for a BBC Radio Four series; Lives for Sale, a collection of biographers' tales that was a Radio Four 'Book of the Week'; and Because You Died, a recent selection of Vera Brittain's First World War poetry and prose.
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