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 The Curious Life of Elizabeth Blackwell.  Published

25 October 2022.

ISBN 987-1-5040-8014-9

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...

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'Wry, vivid and deftly plotted, this account of how youthful follies can come back to haunt you in middle age is a real delight.'

John Preston

'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.'

Hilary Boyd

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'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’

Esther Freud

'An atmospheric and enjoyable story of a singular and free-thinking woman'

Deborah Moggach


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