By Rebecca Stott
BONUS: This version encompasses a The Coral Thief dialogue consultant and an excerpt from Rebecca Stott's Ghostwalk.
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Paris, 1815. Daniel Connor, a tender scientific scholar from Edinburgh, has arrived to check anatomy on the Jardin des Plantes--only to gain that his letters of creation and worthwhile coral specimens, on which his tenure with the mythical Dr. Cuvier relies, were stolen. His thief seems to be a stunning girl who lives in a shadowy realm of outlaws, philosophers, and émigrés. As Daniel falls in love together with her, he discovers an intensive concept of evolution that irrevocably adjustments his notion of the area.
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In one minute’s silence, can you imagine what the Turkish fighters felt when they knew they could hold the high ground … and the rain that lashed them felt like tears of joy. And can you imagine, in one minute’s silence, the moment when the bloodied Diggers finally reached the razored heights of Gallipoli where the Lone Pine grew… to see that the hazy Turkish horizon was as impossible to reach as a castle in the clouds. And you can imagine, in one minute’s silence, as the Turkish fighters stood strong and straight in their freezing trenches… that the dream they dreamed, of going home, circled like a dove that might soon settle in quietened hearts.
In one minute’s silence, you can imagine the Anzacs strengthening their front lines as if to fight through every hour of every day of the bitter Turkish winter… yet in secret they were preparing to leave the cliffs and beaches of Gallipoli seven days before Christmas in 1915. But can you imagine, in one minute’s silence, as the Turkish fighters looked down from the cliffs… that the Anzacs were binding their boots in cloth, leaving presents and notes, and rifles rigged to fire, and about to make their way down to the sea and the waiting ships.