Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Remarkable Creatures

By Tracy Chevalier

  • Release Date: 2010-01-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 106 Ratings
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A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of At the Edge of the Orchard and Girl With a Pearl Earring.

On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.

Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.

Remarkable Creatures is a stunning historical novel that follows the story of two extraordinary 19th century fossil hunters who changed the scientific world forever.


  • Interesting tale of women and early paleontology

    By Sophie_CT
    I came to this after a string of books about 18th/19th century female naturalists. This was a fictionalized account of Mary Anning's life who would became a key contributor to the discoveries of prehistoric life and the challenge to accepted, religious ideas. It was an easy, enjoyable read with strong themes about gender, class and the burgeoning field of science.
  • Remarkable Creatures

    By MaryBKAZ
    I really enjoyed this!
  • Remarkable Creatures

    By Jonitx
    Wonderful. I feel as though I've spent a week visiting with these two "remarkable" women.
  • Beautifully done.

    By M382
    Love books that are researched well and can to teach me, the reader, something I didn't already know. That is a big part of why I read. And this book does just that; beautifully told story of close friendship amid scientific discovery. Isaac's Storm is another one you may like if you like historical fiction.
  • Fabulous!!!

    By mom_of_the_man
    A wonderful book that kept me reading day and night until I finished it. Knowing parts of it to be real, made it even more enjoyable. Also, it has now peaked my interest in new subject matters of which to read.