Happy birthday, Mary Anning

Karen Joy Fowler's The Secret of Herself
Karen Joy Fowler’s The Secret of Herself

Today is the 215th anniversary of the birth of the great British paleontologist Mary Anning, whose contribution to science was so great that the Royal Society named her as one of the ten British women who have most influenced the history of science.

Anning’s contribution to science was based on the fossils she collected in and around Lyme Regis and was either overlooked during her lifetime or acknowledgement for her discoveries were simply stolen by others.  She should be much more famous than she is.

Recently Karen Joy Fowler wrote a wonderful piece about Anning , “The Science of Herself“, which I recommend strongly.

Episode 189: Joe Abercrombie, Half a King and dark fantasy

Half a King, Joe Abercrombie
Half a King, Joe Abercrombie

This week we are joined by Joe Abercrombie, internationally best-selling author of the ‘First Law’ novels. His latest book Half-a-King, his first for young adults is due in-store in July. We discuss the novel, epic fantasy, how seriously epic fantasy is taken in the genre, and much more.

As always, we’d like to thank Joe for taking the time to be part of the podcast. We’d also like to thank Stefan’s Books for their assistance with this podcast. We hope you enjoy the episode