Two women, a century apart, are drawn into a mystery surrounding the biggest scientific controversy of the nineteenth century, the classification of the platypus.
1808 Agnes Banks, NSW
Rose Winton wants nothing more than to work with her father, eminent naturalist Charles Winton, on his groundbreaking study of the platypus. Not only does she love him with all her heart, but the discoveries they have made could turn the scientific world on its head. When Charles is unable to make the long sea journey to present his findings to the prestigious Royal Society in England, Rose must venture forth in his stead. What she discovers there will change the lives of future generations.
1908 Sydney, NSW
Tamsin Alleyn has been given a mission: travel to the Hunter Valley and retrieve an old sketchbook of debateable value, gifted to the Mitchell Library by a recluse. But when she gets there, she finds there is more to the book than meets the eye, and more than one interested party. Shaw Everdene, a young antiquarian bookseller and lawyer, seems to have his own agenda when it comes to the book but Tamsin decides to work with him to try and discover the book’s true provenance. The deeper they delve, the more intricate the mystery becomes.
As the lives of two women a century apart converge, discoveries rise up from the past and reach into the future, with irrevocable consequences…Praise for THE NATURALIST'S DAUGHTER:
"Cooper is a welcome inclusion to the rising ranks of female-centered historical Australian novels. The touch of Gothic romance adds to the fun." — The Herald Sun
"…An exciting, moving and satisfying read." — Books + Publishing
"An engrossing narrative… fabulous." — Peter Fitzsimons
"The Naturalist’s Daughter is another fine example of Cooper’s talent. From the beginning to the end of the novel, I was completely enthralled by the rich and textured history I was presented with by Tea Cooper." — Mrs B's Book Reviews
"Congratulations Tea on once again producing such a spellbinding and masterfully crafted tale of mystery and intrigue." — Great Reads and Tea Leaves Blog
"A cleverly put together story that made for an intriguing read." — Talking Books Blog
"It's a historical investigation that's wonderfully written about the contribution of women in science over the generations." — Torquay Books' Steve Georgiadis
"Feature[s] strong female characters in a man's world… the author obviously has a passion for Australian history." — Spectrum
"I’ve loved all this author’s historical fiction novels, but must say this one is her best in my opinion… Highly recommended" — Brenda Telford, NetGalley
"The Naturalist’s Daughter is a fascinating read across centuries, across cosmopolitan Sydney and rural Australia, and with breaking-edge technologies (the automobile and the telegraph) which are woven together to seek the truth." — Deanna Lang, NetGalley
"The Naturalist’s Daughter captivated me. It’s a fabulous as the cover - and the cover is divine." — Jeannette McAnderson, NetGalley
"I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel… highly recommend." — Claire Holderness, NetGalley
"I have read a few of MS Cooper’s books and loved them but I have to say that this is just the best so far." — Helen Sibbritt, NetGalley
'A cleverly put together story that made for an intriguing read.' — Talking Books, NetGalley
'… A spellbinding and masterfully crafted tale of mystery and intrigue.' — Helen Hancock, NetGalley