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Edith Cavell is honoured as a heroine executed by German firing squad in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers to escape, and for her words: 'Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness’. But who was she, and what shaped her? Tracing Cavell’s Norfolk upbringing, her life as a Victorian governess, and her decision to become a nurse, Souhami’s sympathetic biography creates a rounded portrait of a woman always driven 'to do something useful, something for people’.