I knew about Potter and her mycology, and how she was badly treated by the establishment. It’s one of the things that really annoyed me about the Renee Zellweger film - she was portrayed so soppily. There was no way the Potter on screen ever had any interest in fungi, let alone the ability to do cutting edge research on them.
Actually, it ties in quite nicely with your complaints about the ‘Lady Science’ forward. Instead of showing her to be a woman who had an interest in science the film-makers completely removed that aspect of her life - “it’s a symptom of male domination of the historic narrative”. They seemingly either couldn’t cope with the idea that a woman could be both a story-teller/artist and a skilled mycologist, or else they did the thing that seems so common which is arguing that ‘the audience won’t be interested’ as a proxy of saying ‘we’re not interested’ and so left it out.
The book sounds really good though. Guess I’ll have to add it to my ever-increasing pile!