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The blind astronomer's daughter

Author: John Pipkin
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. ©2016
Series: Thorndike Press large print reviewers' choice
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : 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 madness.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Large type books
Biographical fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Named Person: William Herschel; William Herschel
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Pipkin
ISBN: 9781410496126 1410496120
OCLC Number: 958141441
Description: 691 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print reviewers' choice
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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