The Apothecary’s Daughter



The Apothecary’s Daughter is published by Piatkus in hardback, paperback and as a Kindle e-book.

Katie Fforde said, ‘Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying. This is one of those novels that makes you feel like you’ve travelled back in time.’

Carole Matthews said, ‘A colourful story with a richly-drawn backdrop of London in the grip of plague. A wonderful debut novel.’

Katherine Webb said, ‘A vivid tale of love in a time of fire, plague and prejudice.’

Winner of the RNA New Writers Award 2011 and the YouWriteOn Book of the Year 2010. Winner of the RoNA’s Historical Category Award 2013.

Contact Charlotte via Clara Diaz, Press Officer on 020 3122 6565 or at Little Brown Book Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0D2

5 thoughts on “The Apothecary’s Daughter”

  1. I loved The Apothecary’s Daughter – one of the best reads of 2011 and I’m now looking forward to the follow-up. Wonderful cast of characters, enough to keep a reader interested; excellent heroine with whom readers can engage and empathize, and all set against a realistic background i.e plague and the Great Fire. One small point: I don’t think magenta was available at the time of the plague and the Great Fire, and I think – if my memory serves me correctly – this was mentioned in the story as the colour of some clothes. But just a minor – very minor – detail. Loved the descriptions of the apothecary’s shop and the other wonderful buildings, and of course the food!

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Margaret.
      I was interested to hear about magenta not being available at the time and it seems you are quite correct as magenta (also known as fuchsine) was not discovered until 1859. It was found in Italy near Magenta. I don’t think it spoils the story but I do like to have my historical facts correct. It just proves that when researching for a novel, you must check and recheck the facts. someone out there always knows more than the writer!

  2. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but this one is glorious – you really feel like you have your nose pressed to the window, and are peering at the array of lotions and potions on offer inside. This rich tapestry is so wonderfully evocative of plague ridden London, you feel as if you walk the same streets and smell the same malodorous smells. I stayed up long and late to finish, as I simply couldn’t put it down.
    I’ve found one of my best reads of 2012.

    • Hello Josie

      I’ll pass on your comments to the designer of the book cover. It is gorgeous, isn’t it? And the cover to the sequel is just as lovely. so pleased you enjoyed the book.


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