The Signature of All Things (Paperback)
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Published: 07/04/2020
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_______________SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZELONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION_______________'Quite simply one of the best novels I have read in years' - Elizabeth Day, Observer'Charming . . . extensively researched, compellingly readable' - Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph'Sumptuous . . . Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent' - New Yorker_______________A captivating story of botany, exploration and desire, by the multimillion copy bestselling author of Eat Pray Love

Everything about life intrigues Alma Whittaker. Her passion for botany leads her far from home, from London to Peru to Tahiti, in pursuit of that rare specimen: knowledge. But as her careful studies draw her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she meets the man who she will come to love – whose perspective, radically different from her own, will transform the way she understands the world.

Radiating with all the heart, soul and earthiness as its unforgettable heroine, The Signature of All Things is a captivating celebration of the workings of this world, and the mechanisms behind all life.

_______________'My own 500-pager of choice? Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things . . . just read it . . . Hugely enjoyable' - Viv Groskop, Observer Books of the Year'The story of Alma Whittaker’s journey of discovery has irresistible momentum' - Helen Dunmore, The Times'Gilbert has written the novel of a lifetime' - O, The Oprah Magazine'Filled with dazzling storytelling' - Susie Boyt, Financial Times_______________

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526626561
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 473 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Unlike anything else she has ever written ... Its prose has the elegant sheen of a 19th-century epic, but its concerns – the intersection of science and faith, the feminine struggle for fulfilment – are especially modern - Steve Almond, International Herald Tribune

The story of Alma Whittaker’s journey of discovery has irresistible momentum - Helen Dunmore, The Times

Ms Gilbert has established herself as a straight-up storyteller who dares us into adventures of worldly discovery, and this novel stands as a winning next act ... A bracing homage to the many natures of genius and the inevitable progress of ideas, in a world that reveals its best truths to the uncommonly patient minds - Barbara Kingsolver, International Herald Tribune

Charming and compelling ... A big novel in all senses – extensively researched, compellingly readable and with a powerful charm that will surely propel it towards the bestseller lists - Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph

Gilbert has written the novel of a lifetime - O, The Oprah Magazine

Sumptuous ... Gilbert's prose is by turns flinty, funny, and incandescent - New Yorker

Quite simply one of the best novels I have read in years ... a bejewelled, dazzling novel - Elizabeth Day, Observer

Readers prepared to enter Gilbert Time will be rewarded: she is an unflaggingly curious writer, prone to delightful touches ... Gilbert's period interests seem boundless - she explores everything from self-sacrifice, to homosexuality, Darwinism and Victorian pornography ... This is a novel to be chewed over, slowly - Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times

A botanical odyssey through the nineteenth century, global in ambition, revelling in the period's insatiable curiosity about the world ... a tall tale, told with verve and wit - Guardian

Filled with dazzling storytelling - Susie Boyt, Financial Times

Gilbert writes superbly well - Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

An intricate, beautifully written historical novel ... A passionate paean to the 19th-century women of science who strove for achievement against the odds - Anita Sethi, Metro

Gilbert’s observations, of both characters and locations, make this an unexpected joy and in Alma she has created a truly unforgettable heroine - Anita Chaudhuri, Irish Examiner

Astute and funny ... comes with generous helpings of optimism and romance. Cynics need not apply - Irish Sunday Mirror

Ambitious, boldly imagined and packed with authenticating detail, it engages very boldly with the interaction of art and science - Andrew Motion, Guardian

Gilbert reminds readers she can do, and undo, narratives through impeccably observed and original stories - Independent

Gilbert shows herself to be a writer at the height of her powers - O Magazine

Magnificent ... I was just a few pages into the book when I felt myself relax, aware that I was in the safe hands of a master story-teller - Anna Carey, The Irish Times

My own 500-pager of choice? Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things ... just read it ... Hugely enjoyable - Viv Groskop, Observer, Books of the Year

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“This book inspires further reading”

Elizabeth Gilbert has packed so many interesting & intriguing scientific facts into this amazing book, which one cannot help but be enticed into researching more details on the subjects she mentions. Elizabeth... More

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