The Shell Seekers was published in 1987 and is a semi-autobiographical novel by Rosamunde Pilcher, revealing life from the Second World War to the 1980’s. Following the life story of Penelope Keeling it examines her relationships with her parents, husband, her three children and lost loves, with resounding honesty.
“The Shell Seekers” is a painting bestowed on Penelope as a wedding present from her father, a famous painter. Penelope has a dilemma of what to do with the painting, as her father’s works have become very valuable.
The Shell Seekers was nominated by the British public in 2003 as one of the top 100 novels in the BBC’s Big Read. In Germany the novel is called ‘Die Muschelsucher’, and was also in the top 100 novels. The novel sold more than five million copies worldwide, and was adapted for the stage and as a film for television twice.