Remarkable Creatures (Paperback)Tracy Chevalier (author)
Tracy 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
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'It is a stunning story, compassionately reimagined' Guardian
'Chevalier recently stated that making fossils sexy was one of her chief aims in writing Remarkable Creatures. With this very entertaining book, she has certainly succeeded' Telegraph
'Very entertaining and informative' The Times
'The backdrop of shifting evolutionary ideas finds a rueful echo in Chevalier's tender portrayal of two extraordinary women who refuse to be constrained by society' Sunday Telegraph
'An enthralling novel of female friendship and fossil hunting'
Woman & Home
'An extraordinary tale about two 19th century women who attempt to alter ideas about creationism with their discoveries of dinosaur fossils' Daily Mirror
'Involving themes of friendship and the hidden world of women as much as the excitement of discovering the fossils' significance, Remarkable Creatures is itself a find' Metro
'Chevalier shows her skill for working history's lost individuals into far-reaching fiction' Good Housekeeping
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“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. This beautiful story of Mary Annings life and finds along the... More
“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 read some of the authors other works, I thought I would... More
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 only when I was half way through the novel that I actually... More
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