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The Alchemist's Daughter

by Katharine McMahon

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Relationship Stories

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A name well worth remembering in the historical fiction area. Its the 18th century and a scientist attempts to use his intelligent and beautiful daughter in a bold and secret experiment but while his back is turned she begins a passionate and far-reaching relationship which has a tumultuous impact on them.  Brilliantly written and a real page-turner.

The Alchemist's Daughter Synopsis

 Dark secrets haunt the manor house at Selden in Buckinghamshire, where Emilie Selden, motherless, fiercely intelligent and more beautiful than she realises, has been raised in near isolation by her father.

John Selden, student of Isaac Newton, is conducting a bold and secret experiment. He aims to turn Emilie into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist. Secluded in his ancient manor house, with only their two servants for company, he fills her with knowledge and records every step she takes.
 

In the spring of 1725, when Emilie is eighteen, father and daughter begin their most daring alchemical adventure of all - an attempt to breathe life into dead matter. But their work is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers, one a researcher into the life of plants, the other a dazzling young merchant. During the course of a sultry August, whilst her father is away, 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.

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ISBN: 9780753821312
Publication date: 06/09/2006
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780297850854
Publication date: 09/02/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780297850854
Publication date: 9th February 2006
Author: Katharine McMahon
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,
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About Katharine McMahon

Katharine McMahon was our Guest Editor in April 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.   Katharine McMahon is the author of seven historical novels including The Alchemist’s Daughter, a Waterstone’s Paperback of the Year in 2006, the bestselling Rose of Sebastopol, a Richard & Judy Book Club selection in 2008, and The Crimson Rooms.  She has taught in secondary schools, performed in local theatre and worked as a Royal Literary Fund fellow teaching writing skills at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Warwick.  She lives in Hertfordshire.  She relies on ...

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