by Tracy Chevalier

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 8: Book about a hobby
A gentle story about two women, both fossil hunters, in the early 1800s.
I didn’t realise until afterwards that it is based on the lives of two women who really were fossil hunters. Knowing this made me happy.

Mary and Elizabeth are an unlikely friendship – Elizabeth is a spinster from a somewhat moneyed London family living in Lyme to allow her brother the family home. Mary is a dirt poor local girl, collecting fossils from the beach to sell to tourists to keep the family from starving to death.
Add to that a 20 year age gap and these two women should never have even acknowledged each other, never mind become actual friends.

But a shared interest can be a powerful thing. And combined with the times and the way women were treated these women found great strength and support in each other.

Beautifully written, this book tells of both the women and their friendship, and society of the time. That any women managed to achieve anything at that time is truly extraordinary.

Lovely book