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Publisher's Summary

It’s usual, they say, for a young person coming to London for the first time to arrive with a head full of dreams. Well, Endurance Proudfoot did not. When she stepped off the coach from Sussex, on a warm and sticky afternoon in the summer of 1757, it never occurred to her that the city would be the place where she’d make her fortune; she was just very annoyed to be arriving there at all.

Meet Endurance Proudfoot, the bonesetter’s daughter: clumsy as a carthorse, with a tactless tongue and a face she’s sure only a mother could love. Durie only wants one thing in life—to follow her father and grandfather into the family business of bonesetting. It’s a physically demanding job, requiring strength, nerves of steel and discretion—and not the job for a woman.

But Durie isn’t like other women. She’s strong and stubborn and determined to get her own way. And she finds that she has a talent at bonesetting—her big hands and lack of grace have finally found their natural calling. 

So, when she is banished to London with her sister, who is pretty, delicate and exactly the opposite to Durie in every way, Durie will not let it stop her realising her dreams. And while her sister will become one of the first ever Georgian celebrities, Durie will become England’s first and most celebrated female bonesetter. But what goes up must come down, and Durie’s elevated status may well become her undoing....

©2022 Frances Quinn (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic Reviews

"What a heroine Endurance Proudfoot is! I loved her from the start. An unconventional woman who takes us on a fascinating—if bumpy—ride through a man’s world. I laughed, cried and most of all cheered! Can’t stop thinking about it...an absolute cruncher of a tale." (Janice Hallett)

"Durie Proudfoot is a brilliant heroine: stubborn, flawed and so entertaining to spend time with. I loved every step of her journey, and Frances Quinn is fast becoming one of my favourite historical novelists." (Louise Hare)

"Filled with hope and humour, That Bonesetter Woman is a novel that truly champions the underdog. I devoured it with as much gusto as the inimitable heroine sets people’s bones." (Polly Crosby)

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So different!

I've never read anything about the bonesetter profession before, so all of this was brand new and interesting. The character development was also interesting, and while the book ended in some expected ways, other events were quite unexpected. The narration was good; to my American ears, the regional accents sounded authentic.

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Enjoyable

Quite enjoyable. I listened to this with my kids and older family. The book appealed to everyone from age 8-90. I was glad to have no inappropriate content for kids in the book (there is kissing, but no graphic content). Will certainly recommend. My 8 year old wanted to restart as soon as it finished.

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Extremely Entertaining

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The writer covered every character & made them believable. Great summer adventure!

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great listen

loved the story and the narration. the characters are interesting and based on real events.

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  • 09-07-22

Enchanting and uplifting

I loved The Smallest Man so was looking forward to listening to That Bonesetter Woman. I was not disappointed! Durie is a character to root for from the outset and everyone she meets lights up the page. Wonderfully researched, the story is totally embedded in its period yet hugely relatable to today. Told with wit, warmth and generosity, I whole-heartedly recommend.

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  • The Curator
  • 08-28-22

Not bad

I quite enjoyed this without ever loving it. It’s nicely done but there’s no real sense of tone change, peril or drama. Things happen and then are ok because the heroine is very forgiving. The narrator has quite a girlish voice which annoyed me to begin with but I got used to it and generally she did a good job.