Remarkable Creatures

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HarperCollins Publishers, Aug 24, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages

‘A stunning story’ Guardian

‘Vivid and engrossing’ Financial Times

I don’t remember there ever being a time when I weren’t out upon beach. Mam used to say the window was open when I was born, and the first thing I saw when they held me up was the sea.

Mary Anning may be young and uneducated, but she has “the eye”. Scouring the windswept Jurassic coast near Lyme Regis, she find the fossils nobody else can, making discoveries that will shake the scientific world of the early 19th century. But science is a male-dominated arena, and there are many who disapprove...

She finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot: unmarried, middle-aged and middle class, and a fellow fossil enthusiast. If they can weather differences in their age and standing, and overcome professional envy, will true friendship prove the rarest find of all?

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User Review  - siri51 - LibraryThing

Great book - factual and inspirational - having been to Lyme, walked on the cliffs and bought a fossil ammonite - reading more about Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpott was an enjoyable weekend read. Read full review

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User Review  - bookwormelf - LibraryThing

I would not have minded extra 200 pages about Mary's adult working life. I felt like too much of the book was dedicated to hers and Elizabeth's younger days and too few was written about their adult life. A very enjoyable read overall, especially if you are interested in the subject. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Tracy Chevalier is the author of five previous novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Virgin Blue, Falling Angels, The Lady and the Unicorn and Burning Bright. Born in Washington, DC, she moved to London in 1984, where she lives with her husband and son. She has a website at

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