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Miranda SeymourNot only has the author succeeded in giving us a forthright and convincing portrait of one of the most driven women in British history, but by making use of the uncataloged archives preserved at the home of Florence's older sister, Parthenope, she offers fascinating insights into the family that Nightingale relied on and wanted to escape. Florence's dependence, until her death, on the generosity of her parents, her sister and her long-suffering friends was something that she took entirely for granted. Gill allows us to feel that the considerable sacrifices they made were worthwhile.
— The New York Times