The Curious Life of Elizabeth Blackwell. Published
25 October 2022.
London 1730. Elizabeth arrives in the capital having eloped with Alexander from Aberdeen. An exciting new life begins. Ignoring Guild rules, Alexander sets up as a printer but ends up in debtors' jail. Determined to buy his freedom, she engraves and hand-paints a book of herbal treatments. It's a best seller. But it's a man's world and things do not turn out the way she dreamed...
'Wry, vivid and deftly plotted, this account of how youthful follies can come back to haunt you in middle age is a real delight.'
'This is a book you’re dying to get back to. Holmes creates a quiet air of tension as she deftly describes the carelessness of youth and its consequences in her endearingly flawed characters. I loved it.'
'The best new novel of 2016 for me, was The Huntingfield Paintress by Pamela Holmes ….. The story is a true one, but Holmes has written a profound novel about Mildred Holland’s marriage.'
A.N.Wilson, Spectator 2016
‘A slice of Suffolk history brought beautifully to life’
'An atmospheric and enjoyable story of a singular and free-thinking woman'