Remarkable Creatures

Remarkable Creatures

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/02/2010
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‘It is a stunning story, compassionately reimagined’ GuardianTracy Chevalier’s stunning novel of how one woman’s gift transcends class and gender to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the nineteenth century.A revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship.In the early nineteenth century, a windswept beach along the English coast brims with fossils for those with the eye…From the moment she’s struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear Mary Anning is marked for greatness. When she uncovers unknown dinosaur fossils in the cliffs near her home, she sets the scientific world alight, challenging ideas about the world’s creation and stimulating debate over our origins. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is soon reduced to a serving role, facing prejudice from the academic community, vicious gossip from neighbours, and the heartbreak of forbidden love. Even nature is a threat, throwing bitter cold, storms, and landslips at her.Luckily Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly, intelligent Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who is also fossil-obsessed. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty and barely suppressed envy. Despite their differences in age and background, Mary and Elizabeth discover that, in struggling for recognition, friendship is their strongest weapon.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007178384
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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Remarkable Creatures
Chevalier's best so far!
The remarkable thing about Tracy Chevalier is her historic accuracy and real skill of finding the perfect voice for those who we can no longer speak to. Th... READ MORE
Remarkable Creatures
Making fossils interesting
This book was recommended to me by a friend. i previously had no interest in fossils and thought that the book would bore me. However having previously re... READ MORE
Remarkable Creatures
I adored this book. I had absolutely no knowledge whatsoever about fossils before this, I was never interested in that sort of thing as a child and it was ... READ MORE
Anne Cater
Remarkable Creatures
A unique story with memorable characters, this book makes me yearn for a time when there were still dinosaurs to be found out there for anyone with the tim... READ MORE