Edith Cavell: Nurse, Martyr, Heroine (Paperback)
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Edith Cavell: Nurse, Martyr, Heroine (Paperback)

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Edith Cavell was born in 1865, daughter of a Norfolk vicar, and shot in Brussels on 12 October 1915 by the Germans for sheltering British and French soldiers and helping them escape over the Belgian border. Following a traditional village childhood in 19th century England, Edith worked as a governess in the UK and abroad, before training as a nurse in London in 1895. To Edith, nursing was a duty, a vocation, but above all a service. By 1907, she had travelled most of Europe and become matron of her own hospital in Belgium, where, under her leadership, a ramshackle hospital with few staff and little organization became a model nursing school. When war broke out, Edith helped soldiers to escape the war by giving them jobs in her hospital, finding clothing and organizing safe passage into Holland. In all, she assisted over two hundred men. When her secret work was discovered, Edith was put on trial and sentenced to death by firing squad. She uttered only 130 words in her defence. A devout Christian, the evening before her death, she asked to be remembered as a nurse, not a hero or a martyr, and prayed to be fit for heaven. When news of Edith's death reached Britain, army recruitment doubled. Diana Souhami brings one of the Great War's finest heroes to life in this biography of a hardworking, courageous and independent woman.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781849163613
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Affection and admiration radiate through this biography ... Shattering stuff' Sunday Telegraph. * Sunday Telegraph *
'an inspirational and humbling read' Daily Express. * Daily Express *
'Souhami's account is the best there is' Daily Express. * Daily Express *
'Diana Souhami succeeds triumphantly in bringing the story of Edith Cavell to life' Literary Review. * Literary Review *
'A refreshingly three-dimensional portrait of a strikingly single-minded woman' The Scotsman. * Scotsman *
'a moving tribute' Sunday Times. * Sunday Times *
'A moving story, written from the heart' The Economist. * The Economist *

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“Devoted Service”

Diana Souhami’s biography of Edith Cavell is a moving account of a life lived in the service of others. Underpinned by a fundamental sense of Christian duty, learnt from her Anglican vicar father, she aimed to do... More

Hardback edition
20th June 2011
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“excellent”

I didn't really expect much from this book, not really knowing who Edith Cavell (pronounced like 'gravel') was, but I have to eat my words. This book was amazing. The book read like a novel, and the... More

Hardback edition
20th October 2010
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