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The Fair Botanists

Sara Sheridan

Published: 30th May 2022 A tale of two feisty women set against 19th Century Edinburgh. Summer, 1822. Edinburgh is home to a stunning new botanic gardens and the King looks set to visit the city. Two women become friends – newly widowed Elizabeth who looks to leave her London life behind her and beautiful Belle Brodie who’s out for everything she can get. Can their friendship survive Belle’s ambition and her secret life? Publisher: Hachette ISBN:9781529336221
RRP: £8.99
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Our Curators said...

The character of Belle Brodie is a work of genius. I rooted for her in her plotting and scheming and willed her friendship with Elizbeth to survive. An absorbing and fascinating peek into a different era.

The LoveMyRead Team

What the Critics are Saying

'Sheridan creates an evocative, enjoyable portrait of 1820s Edinburgh and of two women determined to lead independent lives.'

Sunday Times

'Completely enchanting and fascinating... a rollicking and immensely readable tale... Sheridan succeeds in what very few have attempted before; in imagining early 19th century Edinburgh as a genuine if imperfect city of enlightenment, a thrilling, optimistic and romantic landscape where science flourishes, beauty is created, wrongs are righted, possibilities are infinite, and women can begin to dream, at last, of how it might feel to be free.'


'Compelling, fascinating and incisive about its social context. A cracking good read.'

Val McDermid

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