Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend

October 30, 2020
Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend

Winner of the Elizabeth Longford prize for HistoricalBiography'Engrossing' Claire Tomalin / 'Superb' Sunday Times / 'Atriumph' Daily MailWhether honoured and admired or criticized and ridiculed,Florence Nightingale has invariably been misrepresented andmisunderstood. As the Lady with the Lamp, ministering to thewounded and dying of the Crimean War, she offers an enduring imageof sentimental appeal and one that is permanently lodged in ournational consciousness. But the awesome scale of her achievementsover the course of her 90 years is infinitely more troubling - andinspiring - than this mythical simplification.From her tireless campaigning and staggering intellectualabilities to her tortured relationship with her sister and herdistressing medical condition, this vivid and immensely readablebiography draws on a wealth of unpublished material and previouslyunseen family papers, disentangling the myth from the reality andreinvigorating with new life one of the most iconic figures inmodern British history.'Enthralling' Guardian'Excellent' Spectator'Hugely readable' Lancet'Gripping and faultless' Observer, Books of theYear'Remarkable. A subtle, scholarly and immensely readableportrait. Scrupulous, thoughtful and clear-eyed. A masterlyachievement' Financial Times'It will not be superseded for generations to come'Sunday Telegraph