Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Anything by Diana Souhami is an inspiring read. She uttered only 130 words in her defence. Diana Souhami was brought up in London and studied philosophy at Hull University. Goodreads Members Suggest: 32 ‘Vacation’ Reads. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Extended holiday return window till Jan 31, 2021, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She worked in the publications department of the BBC before turning to biography. the author writes in short crisp sentances but conveys in them more than can be imagined. She has edited a number of magazines, including Woman Alive and Renewal, and Day by Day with God for BRF. Learn the riveting story of WWI British patriot and nurse Edith Cavell - the woman who's story caused worldwide outrage, shaped American public opinion of The Great War, and rocked the German government. Edith Louisa Cavell was a British nurse. Souhami became a full-time writer publishing biographies which mostly explore the most influential and intriguing of 20th century lesbian and gay lives. She certainly made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War. Unfortunately it also does her no favours in this biography. Not least is the derogatory attitude to nurses in the early C18 which was change first by Florence Nightingale followed by great, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2016. Catherine Butcher is a professional editor and journalist. Start by marking “Edith Cavell” as Want to Read: Error rating book. She really wasn't a spy in the normal definition of a spy; she was a nurse who just wanted to help people and in doing that, nursing and getting soldiers back over the border to safe places, she became what they called a spy and. This is the remarkable story of a remarkable women. Didn't read this as deeply as it deserved because I was really just wanting to hit the highlights of Edith Cavell's life in WW1 as a nurse and a supposed spy because her name came up a few times in Kristen Hannah's book "Nightingale" as the character Isabelle's heroine. Rather, it was comforting to read the words that she chose to focus on as her life ended. 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. Please try again. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2017. There was a problem loading your book clubs. This book is well worth reading for the education it provides about one of the most prominent women during the First World War. Not least is the derogatory attitude to nurses in the early C18 which was change first by Florence Nightingale followed by great teachers including Edith. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. I finished it this morning at 8.04am having started since just before 5am. I have enjoyed all her books so far and am eagerly awaiting the next. Edith was a British nurse executed by the Germans in 1915 for war crimes. As an American I had not heard of Edith Cavell. She would have. When her secret work was discovered, Edith was put on trial and sentenced to death by firing squad. Unable to add item to List. They are, most of them, so helpless, so hurt and so unhappy.”, Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2015. Please try again. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Cavell’s activities were uncovered. She has written or edited nine books, and has a MA in Christian spirituality. AVAILABLE NOW! What transpires when the healing duties of a British nurse clash with the demands of a ruthless occupying regime? There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. VERY, very detailed bio almost to the point of tedium (you can gloss over some of the text and still not lose any of the story) but in the grand scheme of things serves to show you the complete injustice around Edith Cavell's death. I was aware of where Edith Cavell came from but not until I visited Norwich Cathedral did I discover that she is buried there.. Thgis work can certainly make you appreciate just what she did for those who needed her help, no matter from where they came. She lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex. This was not for me. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Ships from and sold by Book Depository US. A book that will stay with me for a long time and one that I will want to re-read. Parts of book very dry, letters and legal papers from 1900s England. However, I kept running across her name in books I was reading and came across this book. When you do begin to appreciate her sacrifices, including her life; I certainly can only wonder why she has not been made a saint. Enjoy! As this strange summer of staying put winds down, one thing remains truer than ever: Books offer us endless adventure and new horizons to... Edith Cavell was born on 4th December 1865, daughter of the vicar of Swardeston in Norfolk, and shot in Brussels on 12th October 1915 by the Gestapo for sheltering British and French soldiers and helping them escape over the Belgian border. More than once, she narrowly escaped capture. She was arrested and subsequently court-martialed, found guilty of treason, and sentenced to death. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Souhami became a full-time writer publishing biographies which mostly explore the most influential and intriguing of 20th c. Diana Souhami was brought up in London and studied philosophy at Hull University. There were over 200 soldiers whose lives she directly saved and now 100 years later, there are probably thousands of their descendants who are grateful for her actions. Occasionally it flags or could provide more analysis, but overall it is a fine introduction to Cavell's remarkable life. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In all, she assisted over two hundred men. Something went wrong. It has a number of points of fascination. An excellent well researched book on Edith Cavell. 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. it was my own fault for failing to appreciate the links, so no criticism of the author. The station is called Radio Cavell. Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2015, “Someday, somehow, I am going to do something useful, something for people. It was very interesting, and clearly well-researched. I picked this up on a whim while browsing the WWI/WWII history section at the library and I'm glad I did! In the beginning of the book, Edith Cavell’s early life is discussed and family letters are shared (she wasn’t a saint!). Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Fascinating to read about Edith’s life and her dedication, honesty, hard work and care throughout all of her years not just her sacrifice. I respect that enormously but would have preferred a more straightforward account. I didn’t know much about Ms. Cavell (aside from the most common facts) before I read this, but I’ve since learned that she lived a remarkable life in serving God, people and country. Over the past few years I have been a volunteer for a charity run radio station, that broadcasts to the local hospital as well as on the medium wave at 1350kHz. While this is a biography for Cavell, I felt the author got carried away with context points, and it really drew away from her and what she really achieved. execution by the Germans always attracts readers I feel that Sougami did a good job of focusing first on Edith Cavell's life and career as a nurse. Didn't read this as deeply as it deserved because I was really just wanting to hit the highlights of Edith Cavell's life in WW1 as a nurse and a supposed spy because her name came up a few times in Kristen Hannah's book "Nightingale" as the character Isabelle's heroine.

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