Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend

Author(s): Mark Bostridge


'SUPERB' Sunday Times 'ENGROSSING' History Today 'EXCELENT'Spectator 'ENTHRALLING' GuardianWHO WAS THE LADY WITH THE LAMP? WHERE DID THE LEGEND COME FROM? AND WHAT WAS THE TRUTH?From her battles with family, doctors, nurses and the British establishment to her ceaseless work on behalf of the sick, the wounded and the dying, Florence Nightingale, more perhaps than any other modern historical figure, has been misrepresented by history. Mark Bostridge's enthralling Florence Nightingale sets the record straight about the most passionate and determined woman of the Victorian age. 'Brilliantly evoked . . . It is hard to imagine how one might improve upon Bostridge's masterly understanding of the costs, trials and triumphs of Nightingale's life ' Sunday Times'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 A masterly achievement' Financial Times'It will not be superseded for generations to come' Sunday Telegraph


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Winner of Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography 2009.

'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 Will not be superseded for generations to come'--Telegraph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

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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  • : 9780140263923
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : April 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 41mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Mark Bostridge
  • : Paperback
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  • : English
  • : 610.73092
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