The book Women on the Nile: The Writings of Harriet Martineau, Florence Nightingale and Amelia Edwards, by Professor Joan Rees (Rubicon Press), has been announced by Stacey International. It will be launched by the Friends of the Petrie at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL (London, UK), on 27th June 2009, 1930-2030. For those interested in attending the full address for the Institute is 31 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PY.
By combining extracts from their most famous works with Rees' insightful essays, Women on the Nile illuminates the life and writings of three remarkable women and captures something of the romance of 19th century travel to the East.
Harriet Martineau was a doughty and influential campaigner for multiple social causes; Florence Nightingale became a universally acclaimed reformer of nursing and hospital practices; Amelia Edwards, formerly a novelist and prolific professional writer, returned from
Egyptto found the Egypt Exploration Society and endow the first Chair of Egyptology at a . British University
All three were independent minded women of strong character and exceptional gifts. They were accomplished writers each with a distinctive style, and their accounts of their
Nilejourneys are richly individual and full of life, thought and observation.