The Coral Thief is an epic tale of change, love, and science set against the backdrop of post-Revolutionary France. Napoleon has just been deposed, and France is wrestling with an identity crisis. Will the values of the revolution - independence, freedom, brotherhood - take pre-eminence, or will the country revert to its monarchial tradition? Alongside these philosophical and political debates, similar ones are being waged in the realm of science. Are species static, non-changing, much like the centuries-old tradition of kingship, or do animals change to adapt to their environments, similar to the idealistic revolutionaries? Wide-eyed and anxious to learn, Daniel Connor travels from staid Edinburgh to the hotbed of Paris, the center of the political, philosophical, and scientific debates that will effect change across Europe. In his purse he ...
About the Author
Rebecca Stott was born in Cambridge, England in 1964 and attended the Hove High School for Girls before studying English and Art History at York University, where she also earned her M.A. and Ph.d. The Coral Thief is her second work of fiction after the critically-acclaimed Ghostwalk, a novel set in Cambridge. In addition to her novels, Rebecca is the author of several academic works on Victorian literature and culture, two books of nonfiction, a biography of Charles Darwin and a cultural history of the oyster. She currently works as a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England for half of the year. The other half is spent as a freelance writer and broadcaster. She is currently working on a nonfiction book about the first evolutionists, the heretics and infidels behind The Coral Thief, and a historical novel...
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