Friday Morning Bookclub

January 18, 2010

Trivia 200

Filed under: Trivia — susanbright @ 11:00 am

What historical fiction, that The Friday Morning Bookclub read center around a young girl, who wandered the streets of England at night in a beautiful blue gown, looking for dead bodies for medical students to experiment on?

Hint: This is one of our earlier books. Check out the complete book list!

Thank you Jean! You are correct! The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman is the story of 15 year old Gustine, a  prostitute, who roamed the cholera-stricken streets of England in her rented fancy dress looking for wealthy customers. Gustine befriends a young doctor Henry, and in exchange for caring for her baby, who was born with a malformed heart, she helps him find dead bodies for dissection. The story is based on fact and takes place before the”Anatomy Act” was passed. Without this act it was impossible for doctors to legally obtain corpses to experiment on. 



  1. Is the answer The Dress Lodger? I’m probably one of only a handful of current members who was in Book Club back then.

    Comment by Jean — January 19, 2010 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  2. Ye, The Dress Lodger is the correct answer!

    Comment by susanbright — January 19, 2010 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  3. Book Club read that book before I joined! It sounds really interesting. Would you all recommend that one?

    Comment by Esther J. — January 19, 2010 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

    • The Dress Lodger is one of my favorite Book Club books! It’s so different from anything else we have read and takes you into a time and place that I had never known about.

      Comment by Jean — January 21, 2010 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

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