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The blind astronomer's daughter : a novel

Author: John Pipkin
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pipkin, John, author.
Blind astronomer's daughter.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016
(DLC) 2016000843
Named Person: William Herschel; William Herschel
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Pipkin
ISBN: 9781632861870 1632861879 9781632861894 1632861895
OCLC Number: 933590396
Description: 461 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: John Pipkin.
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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.

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