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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

Community Reviews

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 histo

This book is surprisingly informal and chatty -- I loved the conversational voice and how it humanised the events of the Crimean War. Rather than focus on the political events which, she recognises, her reader will have read about in The Times, she focuses on the tiny domestic details of her career

A really interesting read, truly historically fascinating and engaging throughout. I'm very glad I read it and I'd highly recommend it.

“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 …”

I wondered what adventures a

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 people,

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 awful


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 example

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 call


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 Int

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