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Kate will be talking about her book The Radium Girls at Central Library on Sat 9 February. She will be reading from the book, speaking about the women and her research, with a book signing at the end.
Local lass Kate Moore grew up in Peterborough, attending Eyrescroft Primary and Bretton Woods School before becoming a bestselling author. Kate has more than a decade's experience in writing across varying genres, including memoir and biography and history.
Selected for actress Emma Watson's book club and a New York Times bestseller, The Radium Girls is the incredible true story of the American women from the Roaring Twenties who were poisoned by the radium paint they worked with, and courageously fought for justice.
During the First World War, teenage girls flocked to work in the new radium-dial studios. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses, but their employers denied all responsibility. So these courageous women – in the face of unimaginable suffering – became determined to fight back, launching a ground-breaking battle for workers’ rights and scientific recognition that still resonates today.
Drawing on previously unpublished diaries, letters and interviews, the book showcases the spirit and tenacity of a group of women who refused to stay silent, and in so doing changed the world.
By turns heartbreaking, enraging and inspiring, it is an unputdownable and intimate narrative you will never forget.
The Radium Girls is the winner of the GoodReads Choice Award for Best History/Biography 2017.