The Signature of All Things - August book of the month

the_signature_of_all_thingsOprah magazine called our August choice ‘the book of a lifetime’, and there is no doubt that The Signature of All Things is a big book.

It is epic in scope – an adventure through the nineteenth century that takes in botany, female emancipation, genius, Darwinism, war and empire – with a delight in the boundless beauty of the natural world.

Alma, the heroine, is a pioneering female scientist whose intellectualism is at odds with society's expectations. She also struggles with comparisons to her beautiful adopted sister, Prudence.

Alma's adventures – both professional and romantic - across the world provide the core storyline, and what follows is a brilliant take on the classic Victorian novel, including appearances from real life characters such as Wallace, and many of the great events of the age.

This is modern historical storytelling as curious and excited about the world as the great nineteenth century thinkers themselves. But far warmer, far funnier and with fewer sideburns. 


About the author

elizabeth_gilbertElizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and the author of the phenomenal bestseller Eat Pray Love, which was published in over thirty languages and sold more than ten million copies worldwide.

Previously a journalist on GQ and New York Times, her first short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book. The Signature of All Things was a New York Times Bestseller and named a Best Book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, and The New Yorker.

Elizabeth Gilbert lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey, where she and her husband (more widely known as “That Brazilian Guy From EAT PRAY LOVE”) run a store. Find out more about Elizabeth and her writing on her excellent website and on Twitter at @GilbertLiz.  

Picture Credits © Jennifer Bailey




We are delighted that Elizabeth will be joining us on Thursday 18 September to discuss The Signature of All Things, her previous books and her writing life. Date to be confirmed soon. Please feel free to discuss the book here throughout the month and to pop up any advance questions






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