Illuminating Darwin: Arabella's Light
by Jill George
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Pub Date 01 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 15 Feb 2024
Young Arabella Buckley secures a coveted role as literary assistant to renowned geologist Sir Charles Lyell. As Arabella's scientific prowess grows, she captures the attention of the influential minds of her time, including the enigmatic Charles Darwin himself. Despite prevailing notions of female inferiority, Arabella's talents transcend gender barriers, forging a unique friendship and collaboration with Darwin.
Together, they revolutionize the scientific world by translating Darwin's groundbreaking theories into captivating books that unravel the mysteries of science for all to understand.
Yet, while her work life soars, Arabella's personal life is far from smooth sailing. A clandestine affair with a married doctor, a move to the countryside bringing unforeseen challenges, and a bitter rival all seek to undermine her life and er work.
Undeterred, Arabella's resilience drives her forward after suffering profound loses. Will she find the strength to discover herself, pioneer her own path and complete her life's mission?
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"A masterpiece of historical writing, Illuminating Darwin by Jill George accomplishes everything a good historical novel should. George utilizes real, in-depth research to truly illuminate the brilliant, progressive, and determined Arabella Buckley, a woman at the forefront of science in her day as well as illuminate one of the world's most celebrated and controversial scientific figures. Through witty dialogue, informed prose, emotional depth, and complete with a glossary and references, Jill George brings history to life in a way only a well-researched, well-crafted historical novel can. With characters that will engross you, and history that will enlighten you, Illuminating Darwin is well worth any reader's time.
-Collin Mustful, Founder and Editor of History Through Fiction