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Publisher's Summary

In the early 19th 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.

Remarkable Creatures is Tracy Chevalier's stunning new novel of how one woman's gift transcends class and gender to lead to some of the most important discoveries of the 19th century. Above all, it is a revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Diana
  • Peppermint Grove, Australia
  • 04-03-12

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Would you try another book from Tracy Chevalier and/or Sarah Le Fevre?

I love the way Tracy writes. I can be walking the dog and her stories can transport me to another world. I've read many of Tracy's books and enjoyed every one. This was the first I've listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Would you recommend Remarkable Creatures to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. The beautiful descriptions of the landscape and people.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Le Fevre – was your favorite?

Mary.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

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  • Debbie Rowe
  • 05-07-16

Engaging social and scientific historic story.

Friendships, social injustice are the main themes based on the incredible work of Mary Anning.

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  • J. Rowland
  • 03-17-10

What a treat!

This is a fabulous story - I found my self completely hooked from the very first sentence. Not only is it a fascinating and thought provoking tale of the emergence of the concept of evolution over creationism, and the unsettling reactions it provoked in society at the time, but it tells the tale of a warm and intricate relationship between two very different women, and the storyline encompasses both with a deceptive simplicity. I listened to it at every available opportunity, and was sorry to finish it. I highly recommend this audiobook.