Tuesday intro: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading non-fiction, which I never read enough of, in the form of The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.  This is what it’s about…

31409135The incredible true story of the young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their brave struggle for justice…

As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” were considered the luckiest alive—until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.

And here’s how it starts…


Paris, France

The scientist had forgotten all about the radium.  It was tucked discreetly within the folds of his waistcoat pocket, enclosed in a slim glass tube in such a small quantity that he could not feel its weight.  He had a lecture to deliver in London, England, and the vial of radium stayed within that shadowy pocket for the entirety of his journey across the sea.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. I’m typically not a big non-fiction reader, either, but this does look like a good one!

    1. It does doesn’t it. I hope to get to it this weekend after a crazy week where I read nothing 😒

  2. Oh dear… yes – of course the poor souls were poisoned! It’s the matchgirls all over again:(. Oh for sure, I’d continue reading.

    1. It’s going to be sad I think…not that I got any reading done with work this week (hence very late comment!)

  3. Oh, these discoveries over time make me feel vulnerable, as who knows what supposedly “safe” thing will turn out to be deadly? Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine: “SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE”

    1. I know. I feel the same way, often wondering what I’m doing with a phone stuck to my ear and a laptop on my knee…things we think are safe!

  4. These poor women! This book looks really interesting. I’d keep reading.

    1. I know! I hope it’s as good as it seems.

  5. That is a very compelling first paragraph. It’s hard to believe a scientist would carry that around in his pocket. I’m sure he had no idea of how dangerous that was to his body. I’d keep reading to find out what happened next.

    1. I don’t think anyone had a clue. But then do we really know what all our technology is doing to us?

  6. This sounds terrific but, tough to read I bet.

    1. I think it might be. Unfortunately work has gotten in my way this week and I haven’t even started it!

  7. I would definitely keep reading! I already have this one my TBR and I love that beginning!

    1. I am hoping it is as interesting as it sounds. I did read a fiction book with this as the subject a few years ago so I am already intrigued.

  8. Sounds very good, but heartbreaking.

    1. Yes, I have a feeling it will be.

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