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Book Title: Curiosity|
The author of the book: Joan Thomas
Date of issue: February 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780771084188
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.43 MB
Edition: Emblem Editions
Read full description of the books Curiosity:Award-winning novelist Joan Thomas blends fact and fiction, passion and science in this stunning novel set in 19th-century Lyme Regis, England — the seaside town that is the setting of both The French Lieutenant's Woman and Jane Austen's Persuasion.
More than 40 years before the publication of The Origin of Species, 12-year-old Mary Anning, a cabinet-maker's daughter, found the first intact skeleton of a prehistoric dolphin-like creature, and spent a year chipping it from the soft cliffs near Lyme Regis. This was only the first of many important discoveries made by this incredible woman, perhaps the most important paleontologist of her day.
Henry de la Beche was the son of a gentry family, owners of a slave-worked estate in Jamaica where he spent his childhood. As an adolescent back in England, he ran away from military college, and soon found himself living with his elegant, cynical mother in Lyme Regis, where he pursued his passion for drawing and painting the landscapes and fossils of the area. One morning on an expedition to see an extraordinary discovery — a giant fossil — he meets a young woman unlike anyone he has ever met…
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Read information about the authorThe Opening Sky won the McNally Robinson Award, was named a CBC Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Governor Generals Award for Fiction. Visit Joan Thomas at joanthomas.ca.
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