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September 2011: new book by Julia Buss 'Black Nightingale: Mary Seacole, hero of the Crimean War'

You can now read Mary Seacole's 1857 autobiography 'Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands' FREE online via:

  1. A celebration of Women Writers as part of Build A Book - or
  2.  The Project Gutenberg online library via:

Mary Seacole's Autobiography
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands is the title of Mary Seacole's autobiography that was originally published in 1857 and, due to demand, was reprinted in 1858.   This is a wonderful read!!  The first subsequent edition was published by Falling Wall Press in 1984, due to the efforts of the editors Ziggi Alexander and Audrey Dewjee.  They did a remarkable piece of research about aspects of Mary Seacole's life which can be read in their very detailed introduction.  Click here to listen to an interview that they gave on BBC Woman's Hour  on 9th February 2004.   BBC Radio 4 chose this autobiography as their Book of the Week, during the week beginning Monday 26th April 2004 with extracts read by the actress Adjoah Andoh.  Read a review of Mary's autobiography by Mark Bostridge that appeared in the Guardian on 14 February 2004.  


Penguin Classics have now published an edition of the Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands in February 2005.  Edited by Sara Salih, Professor of English at the University of Toronto, the price is 9.99.   ISBN: 0140439021

Image courtesy Penguin Classics.


Jane Robinson's biography entitled Mary Seacole, The  Charismatic Black Nurse who became a heroine of the Crimea  published by Constable (London) and launched on the 27th January 2005.   Paperback: 12.99.  ISBN: 1 84119 6770    Website:
November 2006  A 2nd and slightly revised paperback edition of the wonderful biography  of Mary Seacole by Jane Robinson has been published by Robinson Press.


On the 26 July 2005 the Royal College of Nursing launched ‘A short history of Mary Seacole: a resource for nurses and students’ written by Professor Elizabeth Anionwu.          

This Royal College of Nursing publication ‘A short history of Mary Seacole: a resource for nurses and students’ written by Professor Elizabeth Anionwu is now available at the reduced price of 3.00 (2.40 for RCN members but just 1.99 during October 2009) from RCNDIRECT on 0345 772 6100, press option 3 and quote publication code 002 499.



Wednesday 9th May 2007 Launch of Dutch version of Mary's autobiography:  Wonderbaarlijke Avonturen... (Wonderful Adventures....)

The very first Mary Seacole Symposium in Breda, Holland witnessed the launch of an exciting updated Dutch version of Mary's autobiography book that was recently discovered to have been published in 1857! 


For more details about the book visit:  or email Mrs Corry Derks: [email protected] 


May 2007: Hoorah for Mary Seacole by Trish Cooke []


The historian Helen Rappaport informs me that that her book 'No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War' - is being published 22 February 2007, Aurum Press.
Helen says "It has quite a bit on Mary and in particular a substantial chapter to herself with new eye witness testimony I discovered during my research". 

12 July  2005 A new biography of Mary Seacole by Ron Ramdin published by Haus Publishing as part of their Life and Times series of biographies.

Saturday 23 July 2005:  Mother Seacole - A short story.  The story was launched at the Lambeth Riverside Festival event on Saturday 23 July at Walnut Tree Walk, School, Walnut Tree Walk, London, SE11. Jason Young the author is a published writer of historical fiction, who has worked for a number of media and publishing companies. He is the founder and president of the Tooting and Balham Writers’ Circle (  Published by History & Social Action Publications, 18 Ridge Rd, Mitcham, CR4 2ET.          Price 2, plus 50p (p&p).

September 2005  Published by London Borough of Southwark.   Speak of Me As I Am.  The Black Presence in Southwark Since 1600.  By Stephen Bourne

Paperback  7.99


In Speak of Me As I Am, Southwark historian Stephen Bourne documents the lives of a number of Black historical figures who have been associated with the London Borough of Southwark. Those featured in the book include  Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge; Crimean nurse Mary Seacole;  community leader Dr. Harold Moody; singer and activist Paul Robeson and Southwark’s first Black Mayor Sam King.  Stephen Bourne is a regular contributor to Black Filmmaker magazine and is the author of Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television (2001).

March 2005  Emma Lynch has written The Life of Mary Seacole, aimed at children, in the Heinemann series 'Life of...'  Can be ordered via Amazon

Examples of other books about Mary Seacole - all below are aimed at children

Castor, H & Willey L.,
Mary Seacole 
(Famous People, Famous Lives series).
Franklin Watts.
2001.  ISBN: 0749643137.

Collicott, Sylvia L., 
The Story of Mary Seacole  
UK Macmillan Education.
2003.  ISBN: 03333955307.

Godwin, Sam  & Astill, Alison.,
Mary Seacole:  A Story from the Crimean War
Hodder Wayland,
2001. 0750237686

Huntley Eric L., 
Two Lives.  Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
Bogle-L'Ouverture Press Ltd,
1993. ISBN: 0904521915.

Malam, J.,
Mary Seacole.
Evans Brothers Ltd,
1999. ISBN: 0237528177.

Moorcroft C, Magnusson M and Wood S.
Mary Seacole.    ISBN: 1862153493.
(Channel Four Learning Ltd, 1998) that accompanies a DVD that includes Mary Seacole in the Stop, Look, Listen Famous People series

Williams Brian 
The Life and World of  Mary Seacole
Heinemann Library 
2003. ISBN: 0431147841).  Aimed at 8 to 11 year olds: 10.99.

Last updated:  30/11/2011

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