The Coral Thief

The Coral Thief

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A powerful and gripping historical thriller for fans of The Essex Serpernt and The Miniaturist.

'Original and evocative ... a mesmerising thriller' Daily Telegraph
'Full of twists and turns' Scotsman
'An enthralling exploration of revolutionary science in post-revolutionary France' Guardian
'A book of penetrating humanity and a vivid evocation of Paris' Financial Times

Paris, 1815. Daniel Connor, a young medical student from Edinburgh, has just arrived in Paris to study anatomy at the Jardin des Plantes - only to realise that his letters of introduction and a gift of precious coral specimens, on which his tenure depends, have been stolen by the beautiful woman with whom he shared a stagecoach.

In the fervour and tumult of post revolutionary Paris, nothing is quite as it seems. In trying to recover his lost valuables, Daniel discovers that his beautiful adversary is in fact a philosopher-thief who lives in a shadowy world of outlaws and emigres. As Daniel embark on a passionate love affair with the Coral Thief, he is drawn to join her salon of thieves to execute one last breathtakingly bold robbery...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 131 x 198 x 19mm | 220g
  • Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753827107
  • 9780753827109
  • 412,626

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Combines theories of evolution with the intrigue of an old-fashioned thriller...Clever and thought-provoking. LONDON METRO
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Combines theories of evolution with the intrigue of an old-fashioned thriller...Clever and thought-provoking. * LONDON METRO * An utterly gripping, fascinating read. * SUGAR * Original and evocative, this thriller set in 19th-century Paris deftly weaves together history and science. * DAILY TELEGRAPH * Keenly researched, lovingly decorated, brimming with ideas but never short on character or charm -- Boyd Tonkin * INDEPENDENT * This book, like the coral that Daniel was originally carrying, is a rare and fascinating specimen. * TIMES * It makes for an entertaining narrative as Lucienne's band of well-spoken rogues duck and dive to avoid Jagot, the head of police. * GUARDIAN * An original and enthralling read. * BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH * A riveting read * SUNDAY BUSINESS POST, Ireland *
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About Rebecca Stott

Rebecca Stott is a writer and broadcaster. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, is affiliated to the Cambridge history of science department and is Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at UEA. Her work, in radio writing, fiction and non-fiction, weaves together history, literature and the history of science. She is the author of the non-fiction book DARWIN AND THE BARNACLE and the novel GHOSTWALK.
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1,815 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 9% (169)
4 29% (534)
3 40% (717)
2 17% (312)
1 5% (83)
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