• Exquisite, precise and moving poems... Once I started reading I could not put it down until I had reached the end, and then I turned back for the pleasure of reading again

    Claire Tomalin
  • A fascinating, very rich book... With sympathy and grace, Padel moves deftly between between science, love and family; between the vast processes of evolution and a personal life

    Sean O'Brien
  • Daring and exciting, brilliant and subtle, stunning and deeply impressive... a lesson to biographers and poets alike

    Colm Toibin
  • Ambitious... shows her extraordinary talent

  • Moments of Darwin's life captured with an economy and fluency that prosaic biographers might envy


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