Included on the Guardian’s list of the one hundred best nonfiction books of all time, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands was the first autobiography written by a Black woman in Britain.
Mary Seacole had a strong interest in healing—and she wasn’t afraid to travel in order to pursue her calling. After honing her skills as a “doctress” in her native Jamaica, she worked throughout the Caribbean and in Central America, London, and a British outpost during the Crimean War. Undaunted by the people and forces that would obstruct her, Mother Seacole—as she would come to be known—was determined to live life to its absolute fullest.
Though Seacole’s memoir was a bestseller in its time, her achievements were lost to history for more than a century. Rediscovering her now is a revelation, as she offers not only a unique chronicle of race and gender politics in the Victorian era but also a stunning education in how to live a meaningful life.
Revised edition: Previously published as Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, this edition of Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.