Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend: 200th Anniversary Edition

Mark Bostridge

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 16th Apr '20


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Winner of the Elizabeth Longford prize for Historical Biography ‘Engrossing’ Claire Tomalin / ‘Superb’ Sunday Times / ‘A triumph’ Daily Mail Whether honoured and admired or criticized and ridiculed, Florence Nightingale has invariably been misrepresented and misunderstood. 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 our national consciousness. But the awesome scale of her achievements over the course of her 90 years is infinitely more troubling – and inspiring – than this mythical simplification. From her tireless campaigning and staggering intellectual abilities to her tortured relationship with her sister and her distressing medical condition, this vivid and immensely readable biography draws on a wealth of unpublished material and previously unseen family papers, disentangling the myth from the reality and reinvigorating with new life one of the most iconic figures in modern British history.’Enthralling’ Guardian’Excellent’ Spectator’Hugely readable’ Lancet ‘Gripping and faultless’ Observer, Books of the Year ‘Remarkable. A subtle, scholarly and immensely readable portrait. Scrupulous, thoughtful and clear-eyed. A masterly achievement’ Financial Times ‘It will not be superseded for generations to come’ Sunday Telegraph

Additional information

Weight 0.458 kg
Dimensions 39 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 704