Curiosity

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McClelland & Stewart, Mar 30, 2010 - Fiction - 416 pages
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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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A fictionalized account of the life of Mary Anning, discoverer of many important fossil specimens in and near Lyme Regis, many of which are credited to the wealthy men to whom she sold the finds ... Read full review

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Oh dear, I really hate giving a bad review for this book because it seemed like it should appeal to me on many levels. It has history, science, a strong woman, class struggles and a love story. But at ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
19
Section 3
33
Section 4
44
Section 5
52
Section 6
61
Section 7
73
Section 8
82
Section 19
21
Section 20
35
Section 21
45
Section 22
55
Section 23
64
Section 24
76
Section 25
85
Section 26
95

Section 9
96
Section 10
108
Section 11
120
Section 12
127
Section 13
134
Section 14
149
Section 15
161
Section 16
180
Section 17
195
Section 18
10
Section 27
5
Section 28
19
Section 29
34
Section 30
42
Section 31
55
Section 32
81
Section 33
89
Section 34
100
Section 35
105
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About the author (2010)

Joan Thomas’s debut novel, Reading By Lightning (2008), won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Joan has worked as a teacher, group-home worker, editor, and as the Writing and Publishing consultant at the Manitoba Arts Council. She was a books columnist and longtime contributing reviewer for the Globe and Mail, and in 1996 won a National Magazine Award (Silver) for Creative Non-Fiction. Joan's second novel, Curiosity, was published in March of this year. Joan lives in Winnipeg.


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