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The Alchemist's Daughter

The Alchemist's Daughter

Katharine McMahon

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.
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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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Title - The Alchemist's Daughter

Edition -

Author - Katharine McMahon

ISBN 13 - 9780297850854

Imprint - Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Publisher - Orion Publishing Co

Date Published - 09/02/2006

Prize -

No. of pages - 320

Binding Type - Hardback

Dimensions - 146 x 223 x 30mm

Weight - 515 g

Languages - English