Behind the scenes recording WILD SWAN (my novella about Florence Nightingale) with TONY AWARD winner Cynthia Erivo and I'm obsessed. I've watched more times than I care to admit and she called the story "lyrical" so my Christmas is made! She recorded it at home so check it out! As the year of the nurse comes to a close, we know we'll need them more than ever.
A Story of Florence Nightingale
As an ex-nurse, I have always been fascinated by Florence Nightingale and when I learned about her early life in England and what it took to break free of her societal and familial bonds to change the world, I knew I had to write about her.
Here is a novella narrated by the most beautiful voice – Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo.
About This Audible Original
In this captivating historical novella narrated by Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo, New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry celebrates the life of the mother of modern nursing and one of history's greatest heroines: Florence Nightingale.
Wild Swan introduces listeners to the Lady with the Lamp long before she became a legend. In this poignant story, a young woman has just discovered her divine purpose to become a nurse, and struggles to make that dream a reality. While traveling abroad with her close friend, Selina Bracebridge - another strong woman living an unconventional life - a rare opportunity arises for Florence to practice medicine. Intellectually gifted with an advanced education thanks to her father’s progressive political views, can the daughter of a prominent English family defy Victorian societal expectations to fulfill her destiny?
Over the course of a few short years, Florence remains brave and determined in the face of all obstacles, pursuing her passion against her family’s wishes. From her parent’s luxurious countryside estate in England to her travels abroad to the German medical institute where she first began her training and fell in love with her work, we follow Florence during these pivotal early years of her extraordinary life.