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Praise for Remarkable Creatures

‘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 and 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

Synopsis

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Origin of the Species, set in a town where Jane Austen was a frequent visitor, Tracy Chevalier once again shows her uncanny sense for the topical. Mary Anning, born in a poor family, lived in Lyme Regis and from an early age was fascinated by the fossils, then called snake stones and devil's toenails, that could then by picked up on the beaches. She became far more interested when she realised that these could be sold to the gentry who had grown into avid collectors. She was supported by her family in her enterprise but was often ripped off by the buyers and derided by the scientists. One person came to her rescue: Elizabeth Philpot, daughter of a wealthy family who had settled in Dorset to escape the stultifying respectability of genteel London society. The two women, of different ages and very different class and background, became unlikekly friends but the relationship was to take on stranger twists as the excitement of the fossil discoveries - Mary Anning finds the first compelte plesiosaur - turns to religious difficulties as the importance of these finds begins to spread.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2138 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007178379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007178377
  • ASIN: B002RI9AV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 301 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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