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Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

Mary Seacole

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Mary Seacole was born a free black woman in Jamaica of the early 19th century. In her long and varied life, she was to travel in Central America, Russia and Europe, find work as a inn-keeper and as a doctress during the Crimean War, and become a famed heroine, the author of her own biography, in Britain. As this autobiography shows, Mary Seacole had a sharp instinct for hypocrisy as well as a ripe taste for sarcasm. Frequently we see her joyfully rise to mock the limitations artificially imposed on her as a black woman. She emerges from her writings as an individual with a most un-Victorian zest for travel, adventure and independence.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .kety door of my little room could never be kept shut [Pg 35] for many minutes together. A visitor would open it silently, poke his long face in with an expression of sympathy that almost made me laugh in spite of my pain, draw it out again, between the narrowest possible opening, as if he were anxious to admit as little air as he could; while another would come in bodily, and after looking at me curiously and inquisitively, as he would eye a horse or nigger he had some thoughts of making a bid for, would help to carpet my room, with the result perhaps of his meditations, and saying, gravely, “Air you better, Aunty Seacole, now? Isn’t there a something we can du for you, ma’am?” would as gravely give place to another and another yet, until I was almost inclined to throw something at them, or call them bad names, like the Scotch king does the ghosts in the play.[A] But, fortunately, the attack was a very mild one, and by the next day all dang. . . Read More

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fascinating. good to know


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.


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

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