No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War

No Place for Ladies
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Helen Rappaport
12 May 2020
Agora Books

Rereleased in time for International Nurses Day, No Place for Ladies celebrates nurses and their contribution throughout history. In support of the healthcare professionals and caregivers now working tirelessly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a portion of proceeds will be donated to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

In a war that has been remembered for its incompetencies and atrocities, the stories of the everyday heroes are often forgotten. But in her praiseworthy account of women in the Crimean War, Dr Helen Rappaport shines a light on those women, both famous and unknown, who risked their lives to help the dying and wounded.

From the legendary Florence Nightingale to the under-celebrated Mary Seacole and the many nameless nurses lost to history, Rapport weaves a poignant, yet objective, portrait of the selfless and vital contribution many women gave to the war effort.

Based on meticulous research as well as diaries and letters, No Place for Ladies vividly explores the haunting experiences of these nurses, cantinières, and military wives amidst the brutality of war and champions the accomplishments of ordinary women flung into extraordinary circumstances.


Praise for No Place for Ladies – 

‘Fascinating … the author has made excellent use of [the diaries and letters]. Rappaport weaves their stories into the text without sentimentality; the facts speak for themselves.’ – The Times

‘No Place for Ladies tells the haunting stories of these mostly forgotten women, drawing the reader into the lives of extreme hardship, devotion and devastation. Helen Rappaport paints a vivid picture of these women … flung into the midst of the brutality of war.’ – Guardian

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