Join us for an evening with Joanne Burn, author of the acclaimed The Hemlock Cure, as she talks about her new novel The Bone Hunters.

In 1824, Lyme Regis is as tumultuous as the sea that surrounds it. Wealthy holidaymakers dance in the Assembly Rooms whilst the poor riot over the price of bread, scientists do battle with theologists, and amidst it all, one woman is about to make an extraordinary discovery.

When twenty-four-year-old Ada Winters – poor, peculiar and brilliant – uncovers a set of unusual fossils on the cliffs, she believes she has found the answer to her scientific frustrations and her family’s financial struggles.

Meanwhile, Doctor Edwin Moyle has come to Dorset in search of the discovery that will place him amongst the greatest geologists of the age. What he finds instead is a strange young woman who seems to hold the key to everything he desires.

But what is the creature that Ada and Edwin seek to unearth? And will it be their means to greatness, or destruction?

We look forward to welcoming Joanne back to Booka to celebrate the publication of The Bone Hunters.

‘An engrossing tale of a woman striving for the recognition she deserves in the face of male indifference and betrayal’ SUNDAY TIMES ‘Best historical fiction for February 2024′


‘Singular and astonishing . . . I’ve never met a character quite like Ada’ ANNIE GARTHWAITE
The Bone Hunters has cemented Joanne Burn’s place as one of my favourite writers’ SONIA VELTON
‘Joanne Burn is fast becoming my go-to historical fiction writer’ EMMA CARROLL
The Bone Hunters is that rare combination . . . beautifully written but also a gripping page-turner’ LAURA SHEPPERSON

Tickets: £8 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy The Bone Hunters) or £20 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Bone Hunters).

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