- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; UK ed. edition (April 20 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750940395
- ISBN-13: 978-0750940399
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 422 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,291,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jurassic Mary Hardcover – Apr 20 2006
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About the Author
Patricia Pierce is the author of Old London Bridge, published by Headline in August 2001, and published by them in paperback in July 2002, and of The Great Shakespeare Fraud (Sutton, April 2004). A Canadian, Pat lives in Walton on Thames, Surrey.
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Another weakness of this biography is the amount of attention it pays to men whose lives touched on Mary's, but again it fails to ground these references with any explanation of why a reader who wants to know about Mary Anning should care. It's not that there aren't reasons. I read a much better biography of her that properly shows how the Swiss geologist Agassiz reached out to her for help with his research and attempted to credit her by naming fish species after her (something no one else did). THIS biography, however, only lists Agassiz as one of many men who apparently randomly pass through her life to learn about her research. The author remembers to tell you that he named fish after her at the very end of the book, by which point, if I hadn't already recognized him from my own previous experience, I'm sure I would have forgotten which of the random and numerous male scientists he even was.
You can certainly learn something about Mary Anning from reading this book, and that's great, but you will be working so hard to piece the story together (and so often skimming digressions along the way) that it feels like a chore.