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Elizabeth Gilbert - Author

About the Author

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of a short story collection, Pilgrims (a finalist for the PEN/Hemmingway Award), a novel, Stern Men and a book of non fiction, The Last American Man (nominated for the National Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book for 2002). She is a writer-at-large for American GQ where she has received two National Magazine Award nominations for feature writing.

Elizabeth Gilbert currently lives in Philadelphia.

Photograph © Marion Ettlinger

Featured books by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2015

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be.

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right. But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.

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The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

5 January 1800. At the beginning of a new century, Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Sir Joseph Banks's Kew Gardens and as a deck hand on Captain Cook's HMS Resolution. Alma's mother, a strict woman from an esteemed Dutch family, has a knowledge of botany equal to any man's. It is not long before Alma, an independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, comes into her own within the world of plants and science. But as her careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. She is a clear-minded scientist; he is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing - a desperate desire to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all of life. The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. It soars across the globe from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam. Peopled with extraordinary characters - missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, sea captains, geniuses and the quite mad -above all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker, a woman of the Enlightened Age who stands defiantly on the cusp of the modern.

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Other books by Elizabeth Gilbert

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: Eat, Pray, Love Audio Pack

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: Eat, Pray, Love Audio Pack

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 16/04/2020

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

City of Girls

City of Girls

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2020

A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER 'Stunning' Lisa Taddeo, author of THREE WOMEN 'Warm and wise' Stephanie Merritt, Observer 'Glamorous, sexy, compelling' Dolly Alderton, Sunday Times 'I fell in love with Vivian from page one' Daisy Buchanan 'An education in love, and an iridescent delight' Rowan Pelling, Spectator New York, 1940. Young, glamorous and inseparable, Vivian and Celia are chasing trouble from one end of the city to the other. But there is risk in all this play - that's what makes it so fun, and so dangerous. Sometimes, the world may feel like it's ending, but for Vivian and Celia, life is just beginning. City of Girls is about daring to break conventions and follow your desires: a celebration of glamour, resilience, growing up, and the joys of female friendship - and about the freedom that comes from finding a place you truly belong.

City of Girls

City of Girls

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2020

A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER 'Stunning' Lisa Taddeo, author of THREE WOMEN 'Warm and wise' Stephanie Merritt, Observer 'Glamorous, sexy, compelling' Dolly Alderton, Sunday Times 'I fell in love with Vivian from page one' Daisy Buchanan 'An education in love, and an iridescent delight' Rowan Pelling, Spectator New York, 1940. Young, glamorous and inseparable, Vivian and Celia are chasing trouble from one end of the city to the other. But there is risk in all this play - that's what makes it so fun, and so dangerous. Sometimes, the world may feel like it's ending, but for Vivian and Celia, life is just beginning. City of Girls is about daring to break conventions and follow your desires: a celebration of glamour, resilience, growing up, and the joys of female friendship - and about the freedom that comes from finding a place you truly belong.

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION A captivating story of botany, exploration and desire, by the multimillion bestselling author of Eat Pray Love Everything about life intrigues Alma Whittaker. Her passion for botany leads her far from home, from London to Peru to Tahiti, in pursuit of that rare specimen: knowledge. But as her careful studies draw her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she meets the man who she will come to love - whose perspective, radically different from her own, will transform the way she understands the world. Radiating with all the heart, soul and earthiness as its unforgettable heroine, The Signature of All Things is a captivating celebration of the workings of this world, and the mechanisms behind all life.

City of Girls

City of Girls

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/06/2019

City of Girls

City of Girls

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Audio disc Release Date: 04/06/2019

Playing Games

Playing Games

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2018

Pilgrims

Pilgrims

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/06/2018

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be. By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear. Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible. In this candid and captivating collection, nearly fifty of those readers - as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background - share their stories. Eat Pray Love helped one woman to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and a third to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all. One writer finds new love overseas; another embraces his sexual identity. The journeys they recount are transformative -sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always inspiring. Entertaining and enlightening, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a celebration for fans old and new.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2016

True stories inspired by one of the most iconic, beloved, bestselling books of our time In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible, in search of their own best selves. Here, in this candid and captivating collection, nearly fifty of those readerspeople as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and backgroundshare their stories. The journeys they recount are transformativesometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring. Eat Pray Love helped one writer to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and yet another to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all. One writer, reeling from a difficult divorce, finds new love overseas; another, a lifelong caregiver, is inspired to take an annual road trip, solo. A man leaves seminary, embraces his sexual identity, and forges a new relationship with God. A woman goes to divinity school and grapples with doubt and belief. One writer's search for the perfect pizza leads her to New Zealand and off-the-grid homesteading, while another, in overcoming an eating disorder, redefines her relationship not only with food but with herself. Some writers face down devastating illness and crippling fears, and others step out of their old lives to fulfill long-held dreams of singing, acting, writing, teaching, and learning. Entertaining and enlightening, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a celebration for fans old and new. What will Eat Pray Love make you do?Introduction written and read by Elizabeth Gilbert.Read by Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Robbie Daymond, Mark Deakins, Ariana Delawari, Jorjeana Marie, and Emily Rankin.From the Compact Disc edition.

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2015

Fur alle, die EAT PRAY LOVE geliebt haben: das neue Buch von Weltbestsellerautorin Elizabeth Gilbert Eine Liebeserklarung an die Macht der Inspiration und KreativitatElizabeth Gilbert hat eine ganze Generation von Leserinnen gepragt: Mit EAT PRAY LOVE lebten wir Dolce Vita in Italien, meditierten in Indien und fanden das Gluck auf Bali. Mit BIG MAGIC schenkt uns die Autorin eine begeisternde Liebeserklarung an die Macht der Inspiration, die aus jedem von uns einen kreativen Menschen machen kann. Warum nicht endlich einen Song aufnehmen, ein Restaurant eroffnen, ein Buch schreiben? Elizabeth Gilbert vertraut uns die Geschichte ihres Lebens an - und hilft uns dadurch, endlich an uns selbst zu glauben.

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2015

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller"e;A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.' PopSugarFrom the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you've dreamed of. Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the ';strange jewels' that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: Audio disc Release Date: 22/09/2015

Big Magic

Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/09/2015