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Adventures in Many Lands

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. . .At last we came to a deep and thickly wooded nala, or watercourse, which curved like a horseshoe. The panther entered the watercourse at the centre and turned along the bed to the left.[Pg 59] We turned to the right and skirted along the outside of the course, as it was not safe to go nearer. We all advanced until we nearly reached the right limit of the horseshoe bend, and then, leaving the trackers, I approached the watercourse, hearing the beast at the other end about two hundred yards away.

After waiting about twenty minutes looking for a spot to cross the deep nala it appears that the wounded animal slowly and silently doubled back along the densely wooded watercourse and suddenly sprang out at me. I fired and stepped back, falling, as I did so, into the watercourse. The next thing I remember was the panther seizing me by the arm and pulling me down as I arose, and beginning to claw my head.

Then I saw on top of the panther my little fox-terrier Tob. . . Read More

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Why and how have I never heard of Mary Seacole?! She's awesome. Sure, I've heard of Florence Nightingale (nurse to the soldiers in the Crimean War). But it turns out that Mary Seacole (also a nurse but was refused hire by Nightingale) was better liked by the soldiers. And she was Creole! White hi...more

“Of course, had it not been for my old strong-mindedness (which has nothing to do with obstinacy, and is no way related to it—the best term I can think of to express it being ‘judicious decisiveness’), I should have given up the scheme a score of times in as many days …”

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The first autobiography by a black woman in Britain, Wonderful Adventures was written out of desperation after Seacole's business ventures during the Crimean War left her broke. Yet I know of few authors who wouldn't give their eyeteeth to possess a voice like hers: bold, funny, frank. "Some peop...more

I absolutely loved this book. Something about it reminded me of Moll Flanders, not the naughtiness or the debauchery, Seacole certainly wasn't guilty of either of those, but just a sense of mischievousness, of great warmth and humour. This whole book buzzed with life and joy, even in the most awf...more

SOMEONE GET LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA ON THE LINE, BECAUSE I'VE DISCOVERED AN AMAZING HISTORICAL FIGURE IN NEED OF A MUSICAL!

Excuse me for yelling, but truly guys, this incredible woman doesn't deserve to be forgotten like this. Because while Florence Nightingale is nowadays known as the classic examp...more

I just recently heard about Mary Seacole for the first time, after watching a YouTube video about her life. Her life intrigued me right away. Born in Jamaica to a Jamaican mother and Scottish father, starting a business in Panama, leaving for England and becoming a nurse in the Crimean War....

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I picked this up for my Kindle for two reasons. The first is because it didn't cost my anything. The second because I actually knew who Mary Seacole was after reading an essay about her in either British Heritage or a British history magazine.

Mrs. Mary Seacole was first and foremost a lady. To ca...more

Mary Seacole was a Jamacian nurse whose extraordinary life combined her favorite things, travel and medicine. This autobiography tells us a little about her background and trips to England, but it mostly focuses on her time in a small town in Central America and then her work during the Crimean W...more

4.5/5

It's very hard to contest with a state of things if they've been made to seem that way for forever and a day. The nineteenth-century is case in point: white, white, white, with everyone become a history expert if you slightly beg to differ. There's also the matter of colonialism and lack of...more

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