Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier rated 9/10 by our Mundaring School for Seniors’ Bookclub. The lowest score was 7 – so this novel by the author of books such as Girl with a Pearl Earring, Falling Angels, and most recently, At the Edge of the Orchard, is a recommended read. Tracy Chevalier is very popular with our patrons – Falling Angels has been out 100 times from Mundaring Library since November 2001, consistently borrowed.
Remarkable Creatures was enjoyed for its beautiful language, characterisation, and description of life in the early 1800s. It centres around the discovery of a curious fossil by Mary Anning, and the way this discovery challenges the thinking of the day. It is a novel about being a female in a male-dominated arena, about friendship and all its ups and downs, and so much more.