The Alchemist's Daughter
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The Alchemist's Daughter

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A classic, page-turning story of secrets and science, passion and betrayal, innocence and experience.Dark secrets haunt the manor house at Selden in Buckinghamshire, where Emilie Selden, motherless, fiercely intelligent and beautiful, has been raised in near isolation by her father. John Selden, student of Isaac Newton, is conducting a secret experiment. He aims to turn Emilie into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist and fills her with knowledge while recording every step she takes. In the spring of 1725, when Emilie is eighteen, father and daughter begin their most daring adventure - an attempt to breathe life into dead matter. But they are interrupted by the arrival of two strangers. During the course of a sultry August, Emilie is caught up in the passion of first love and, listening for the first time to her heart rather than her head, she makes her choice - with consequences that are far-reaching and tumultuous.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753821311
  • 9780753821312
  • 267,692

About Katharine McMahon

Katharine McMahon studied English and Drama at Bristol University. She has worked as a teacher in schools and universities, as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow supporting student writing, and has run national training courses. She is involved with local theatre and lives with her family in Hertfordshire. Visit her website at katharinemcmahon.comshow more

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"Perfectly timed and modulated not only to draw us in and wring us out but also to reveal the spirit of a time." --"The Boston Globe" "Rich in period detail, this historical novel has all the right trappings." --"Daily News" "Beautifully crafted . . . lavishly furnished with period details and intriguing characters." --Diana Gabaldon, "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Breath of Snow and Ashes", "The Washington Post" "Evocative, compelling, and beautifully written . . . explosive secrets abound not only in the mysterious alchemy laboratory and in sprawling, seething London during the Age of Reason--but also in the heroine's heart." --Karen Harper, "USA Today" bestselling author of "The Last Boleyn"show more

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3,767 ratings
3.19 out of 5 stars
5 9% (333)
4 29% (1,094)
3 40% (1,515)
2 17% (640)
1 5% (185)
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