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Two Outstanding Authors

Portrait photograph of author Margaret Drabble

A Writer's Britain
by Margaret Drabble

Margaret Drabble re-visits a Writer's Britain her highly-praised personal appreciation of British writers and their love of landscape. Inspite of the changes in our country down the centuries, when fine Gothic churches gave way to romantic ruins; windmills were displaced by giant wind turbines, and glittering high rises came to dominate city skylines, writers have always evoked the glory and decline of our rural and urban landscapes.

Drawing on her deep knowledge of novels, prose and poetry, Margaret Drabble illustrates how writers have captured their different regions and periods, and shows how their writing has shaped visual attitudes.

The immense range is astonishing, and covers many themes from the sacred to the Romantic, the industrial to the golden years of childhood, and writers from St Bede and Chaucer to the brilliant evocations of our finest novelists and poets: William Wordsworth, Emily Brontë and Thomas Hardy to name only a few. A Writer's Britain is a thought-provoking and inspiring exploration of the way our landscape is represented in British literature.

The author

Margaret Drabble is the author of seventeen novels, and also edited two editions of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Her critical works include studies of William Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy.

'Beautifully conceived and executed … the result is an enormously evocative and rewarding anthology of the English genius loci'
Richard Holmes, The Times

'Margaret Drabble writes magnificently … with the nerve which comes from wide and confident reading'
Ronald Blythe, London Review of Books

Portrait photograph of author Tracy Chevalier

Remarkable Creatures
by Tracy Chevalier

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 nineteenth century. Above all, it is a revealing portrait of the intricate and resilient nature of female friendship.

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 - known only as 'curios', she sets the scientific world alight, challenging ideas about the world's creation. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary faces prejudice from the academic community, vicious gossip from neighbours, and the heartbreak of forbidden love.

Luckily Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly, intelligent Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster. Despite their differences in age and background, they discover that, in struggling for recognition, friendship is their strongest weapon.

The author

Tracy Chevalier grew up in Washington DC in 1962 before moving to Ohio in 1984 to complete a BA in English. She moved to London after graduating and continues to live in the UK with her husband, son, and tortoiseshell cat. Tracy completed an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in 1994 after which she began her first novel, The Virgin Blue. She has enjoyed international acclaim with Girl With a Pearl Earring, Falling Angels, The Lady and the Unicorn, and Burning Bright.

'This is a wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere…a truly magical experience.'
The Guardian

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