Monday, March 22, 2010

Update on Mary Anning - Fossil Hunter

Several weeks ago I mentioned Mary Anning who was a fossil hunter in England on the mid 1800s. I also mentioned how I wanted to read Tracy Chevalier's novel, Remarkable Creatures, about Mary Anning and her fossil hunting discoveries. I do have Remarkable Creatures on reserve at the library but it still hasn't arrived yet.

Well I have just discovered another new book (due to be published next week - March 30) about Mary Anning. It's called CURIOSITY by Joan Thomas.

Award-winning novelist Joan Thomas blends fact and fiction, passion and science in this stunning novel set in 19th-century Lyme Regis, England.

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…


Hannah Stoneham said...

This sounds like a wonderful read. Have you read AS Byatt's Possession - based on your review of this book, I think that you would enjoy it.

Great post thanks for sharing


Historia said...

Yes Hannah, I read and reviewed Possession back in October 2007