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The Lady Astronomer [Paperback]

Katy O'Dowd
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2 Mar 2013
Lucretia's life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.

Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Untold Press, LLC (2 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615766501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615766508
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,910,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Katy is an arts and entertainment journalist and has worked for Time Out, Associated Newspapers and Comic Relief and her articles have appeared in The Times (London), Metro (London) and many other arts and entertainment publications, paper and online.
Alongside writing with her Dad under the pen-name Derry O'Dowd, whose first book 'The Scarlet Ribbon' was chosen to launch the History Press Ireland's fiction line, she writes under her own name.
Katy reviews for the Historical Novels Review and the British Fantasy Society.

Blog: www.katyodowd.com

Twitter: @katyod

Derry O'Dowd: www.derryodowd.com



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"An engaging introduction to the wonders of Steampunk for tweens and young adults, certain to dazzle the imagination." -- Lunar Haven Reviews and Designs

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“A delightful read, The Lady Astronomer transports the reader into the life of Lucretia The Astronomer and rekindles memories of the fairytales our parents read to us when we were children.” -- Jenny Thomson, Hell To Pay

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starry Night 2 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Lady Astronomer is a highly enjoyable book with a neat premise.

It documents the exploits of Lucretia H, her madcap family, furry astronomy assistants and the adventures that await them.

The story is great, as is the writing. I particularly enjoyed the exploits of Leibniz the lemur. This is a light-hearted adventure of a read with dark twists and is eminently readable by the most reluctant of readers and worthy of bookworms.

I can highly recommend The Lady Astronomer to adults and older children (I'd say tweenies and up) and look forward to more from this author. A very innovative and original novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Story 2 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a stellar romp through Georgian Astronomy - with a difference.

The Lady Astronomer has a strong story behind it, funny, sad at times, with twists and turns that you can't anticipate. An enjoyable journey loosely based on true events concerning Caroline Herschel, beautifully written with a great cast of characters this is definitely not your average historical novel.

Leibniz the lemur was portrayed really well, as was the perpetually bonkers King George.

Highly recommended for anyone looking for something a little different. For their older children or themselves!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting read for adults & children 1 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Lady Astronomer is one of those books I suspect parents will buy for their children and read themselves because it's so absorbing and rekindles memories of the fairytales our parents read to us when we were children.

A delightful read, The Lady Astronomer transports the reader into the life of Lucretia The Astronomer and her unusual family of a Lemur called Leibniz, Orion the European eagle owl and her two human brothers Al and Freddie as they head to the English city of Bath by Royal appointment to construct the largest telescope in the land. However, life has is full of surprises and they're not all good - Lucretia finds herself held hostage at one point.

The dialogue rolls along at a cracking pace and it's as though you're listening in on a conversation and not reading dialogue.

The highlight for me was the letter they wrote to the King in which they referred to him as 'Your maj.' That had me hooting with laughter.

The other thing I really liked about this book is that the main character is a strong woman in a traditionally male dominated career. Its important young girls and women have strong role models to inspire them to achieve and break down the barriers that still exist. It's also important that young boys also see that girls can do anything and be anything. That's why we need more books like this one and more characters like Lucretia.

If you want to discover if Lucretia and friends get the happy ending they deserve, you'll need to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 7 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
I immediately fell in love with this book. It was so cleverly written! The beginning especially. I did not expect it to start that way. The storyline is absolutely wonderful, and again, well played out.

I liked the era that this book was written into. It isn’t language that we typically use every day. Although, I am from Canada, and we don’t talk like that. Maybe in another part of the world they do? Either or, I really did enjoy the change in language.

There was a moment that I was very emotional. Katy sure had a way to show wickedness and make you feel what others felt. I may have even shed a few tears. But you have to read to find out what it was I was overwhelmed by!

There were many amazing moments that made a good impression. I will definitely be re-reading this book!

Another thing I noticed was the Snow White and The Seven Dwarves reference. I thought it was cute and I always love little twists like that in stories.

The ending was just perfect. I don`t think that there could have been a better end to this wonderfully written story.

*The only thing that I did not really like about this book was that it had tons of pauses in the story. Yes, the story goes on for a long time, but I feel like a lot was skipped. But other than that, the book was great! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know what I was expecting 10 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I almost didn't buy this book, the blurb seemed a little uninspiring and potentially dull. I'm glad I was wrong There is a wondrous surrealism about this story that appeals to me. If I was going to compare it to anything it would be something like "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell".

The whole work just exudes quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 6 Oct 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't normally leave reviews, but in this case I must make an exception. It is an incredibly well written and finely paced novel that I just could not put it down. The writing, taken in tandem with the evocative artwork of the cover makes me want to see this as an anime. I can only hope that somebody from Production I.G. or Studio Ghibli picks up on this modern classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perspective 1 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Much enjoyed lovely different
Perspective on life diverse in its
Emotions much humour,
Wonderful light read a story I can
Recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet but ultimately flawed 11 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Although the novel had its flaws, I actually did really enjoy reading it. It portrayed 18th Century England in a wonderfully whimsical manner - the steampunk elements giving it the feeling of a fairy story and adding a lot of character. The main character was also a very strong female, being intellectual, witty and brave despite being physically frail and not conventionally attractive.

However, the flaws prevent me from giving this story more that three stars. The plot was slow-burning, running through many disconnected sub-plots before reaching the actual story, and the secondary characters were rather undeveloped. This was not helped by the fact that most of them were only referred to by initial, making it difficult to keep track of who was who. Finally, I'm not really sure who the target audience is as it felt like a middle grade novel but contained a lot of bad language and complex words.

Yet, as I said, the flaws did not prevent me from enjoying the novel. I would recommend it to others and I'll definitely keep an eye out for more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable steampunk romp!
In this steampunk offering for younger readers Katy O'Dowd elegantly mixes technological high jinx with a moral message a la Aesops fables and adds in heaps of fun with friendly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lady Astronomer
I just couldn't get into this book and I tried more than once. It is probably my fault not being on that wave length.
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Whimsical, and Enchanting
"The Lady Astronomer" by Katy O'Dowd reminded me of the fairy-tales I used to read as a child, with all the unusual animals and fun plots twists. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Warrior Princess
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Well worth the read. I didn't realise this was loosely based on a true story. Not a long book but I could certainly recommend this book
Published 10 months ago by ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
"The Lady Astronomer" by Katy O'Dowd is a quirky and very entertaining story that reads in parts as a regular historical novels and in parts like a fantasy tale. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ChristophFischerBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Life, the universe and everything...
I've just finished this magical romp through Life, the universe and everything and am reluctantly saying goodbye to Lucretia's delightful family; including the rascal lemur,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carolann copland
5.0 out of 5 stars Madness, Mayhem, Monkey-- sorry, Lemur-business!
Lucretia, Freddie and Al; a terrific trio. Throw in a lemur and an owl and you've got quite a family. As suggested by the title, Lucretia is a star-gazer. Read more
Published 22 months ago by G. Brennan
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