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1874. Thatcher visits his intriguing neighbour, Mary Treat, a scientist in correspondence with Charles Darwin, who is undertaking unusual scientific experiments in her home.

The new novel from Barbara Kingsolver, bestselling author of THE POISONWOOD BIBLE, THE LACUNA and FLIGHT BEHAVIOUR, interweaves the past and the present to explore the human capacity for resilience and compassion in times of great upheaval. It is a portrait of life in precarious times - when characters discover that the past has failed to prepare them for the future.

Alternating between two centuries, Kingsolver examines the personal and social shocks that ensue when people’s assumptions about the world and their place in it are shaken to their foundations.

1874. Thatcher Greenwood visits his intriguing neighbour, Mary Treat, a scientist in correspondence with Charles Darwin, who is undertaking unusual scientific experiments in her home.

Abridged by Sian Preece
Read by Patrick Kennedy
Producer: Gaynor Macfarlane

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