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The blind astronomer's daughter, John Pipkin

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The blind astronomer's daughter
Title
The blind astronomer's daughter
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John Pipkin
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Language
eng
Summary
In late-eighteenth-century Ireland, accidental stargazer Caroline Ainsworth learns that her life is not what it seems when her father, Arthur, throws himself from his rooftop observatory. Caroline had often assisted her father with his observations, in pursuit of an unknown planet; when astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus, Caroline could only watch helplessly as unremitting jealousy drove Arthur to madness. Now, gone blind from staring at the sun, he has chosen death over a darkened life. Grief-stricken, Caroline abandons the vain search, leaves Ireland for London, and tries to forget her love for Finnegan O'Siodha, the tinkering blacksmith who was helping her father build a telescope larger than his rival's. But her father has left her more than the wreck of that unfinished instrument: his cryptic atlas holds the secret to finding a new world at the edge of the sky. As Caroline reluctantly resumes her father's work and confronts her own longings, Ireland is swept into rebellion, and Caroline and Finnegan are plunged into its violence. This is a novel of the obsessions of the age: scientific inquiry, geographic discovery, political reformation, but above all, astronomy, the mapping of the solar system and beyond. It is a novel of the quest for knowledge and for human connection -- rich, far-reaching, and unforgettable
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Pipkin, John
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Thorndike Press large print reviewers' choice
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  • Herschel, William
  • Women astronomers
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Ireland
Target audience
adult
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The blind astronomer's daughter, John Pipkin
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1842009
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
691 (large print) pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410496126
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016041157
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print
Label
The blind astronomer's daughter, John Pipkin
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1842009
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
691 (large print) pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410496126
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016041157
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
large print

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