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    As a young Rose Winton followed her Pa down to the river’s edge to continue the drawings of the mallangong and its young her delight in all she was learning heightened Her pa was a naturalist and his mentor was Sir Joseph Banks of London Charles Winton’s research was well before its time; his discoveries fascinated Rose It was 1808 and their little community of Agnes Banks in NSW inland from Sydney was a breeding ground for the mammals Rose lived in the tiny cottage with her mother and father – she was also friends with the local Aboriginals especially Yukri and BunjiWith passage booked on a ship to London Charles unexpectedly became ill prior to departure Unable to travel and unwilling to let the opportunity to present his findings to Sir Joseph go he sent Rose in his place The sea journey was long but Rose enjoyed it; the fresh salt air the interest in what she had never imagined she’d see in her life – all delighted her But when she arrived in London she received a shock Was all she had known a lie?One hundred years later and Tamsin Alleyn was working in the Public Library of NSW Sydney; her love of Australian history and books deep in her soul When she was sent to Wollombi in the Hunter Valley to collect a sketchbook which was being donated to the Library she wasn’t sure what she’d find Tamsin’s keen interest in the sketchbook and her interest in the surrounding countryside felt right But the news she received on arrival wasn’t promising What would happen? And why was there a lawyer at the home? The depth of mystery surrounding the sketchbook astounded Tamsin – could she find the answers she needed? As she investigated the past she knew time was of the essence The Naturalist’s Daughter by Aussie author Tea Cooper is outstanding in its breathtaking beauty The heartfelt story of the platypus and the events one hundred years apart which had an impact on future generations Rose’s story especially that set in London is utterly fascinating And the story of Tamsin and her research into the past mysterious and intriguing I’ve loved all this author’s historical fiction novels but must say this one is her best in my opinion And the cover is divine Highly recommendedWith thanks to Harleuin Enterprises Australia for my uncorrected proof ARC to read and review

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    Cooper is a favourite and much treasured author of mine Cooper’s ability to bring little known aspects of Australian history to life through her novels is an impressive feat In her latest Australian historical fiction treat Cooper highlights the discovery and controversial classification of a uintessential Australian mammal the platypus in The Naturalist’s DaughterTea Cooper’s latest The Naturalist’s Daughter begins in the era of the early 1800’s in New South Wales Rose Winton is her father Charles’ apprentice Charles is a naturalist specifically working on a pioneering study of the platypus At the time an egg laying creature that feeds milk to its young was unheard of The platypus was classed as a scientific conundrum When Charles falls ill it is up to Rose to step up her duties and cross the other side of the world to London In London Rose must present her father’s work to the Royal Society revealing revolutionary scientific information on the platypus However it will take Rose all the strength she can summon to honour her father’s prestigious work The impact of the journey Rose takes has a lasting impact on future generations Nearly 100 years later public library worker Tamsin Alleyn makes the journey to the Hunter Valley to collect a precious sketchbook provided by an unknown figure to the Mitchell Library When Tamsin arrives the old sketchbook delivers much than expected It has also caught the eye of an antiuarian bookseller by the name of Shaw Everdene Although suspicious of Shaw’s agenda Tamsin decides to work with him to uncover the true scientific value of this sketchbook The Naturalist’s Daughter merges the personal histories of two very colourful female figures and in this process paints a fascinating portrait of a much loved Australian creature the platypusWhat an intriguing main topic for a narrative and a highly original slice of Australian history writer Tea Cooper has selected to cover in her latest novel The Naturalist’s Daughter I greatly admire the skill thought and care that goes into the production of Cooper’s Australian historical fiction novels 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 CooperThe central topic of the novel the platypus is utterly enthralling and never before have I read such an informative piece of literature on this Australian creature The beauty of this novel is that all the interesting facts observations and key features about the platypus are combined within an engaging narrative By the time The Naturalist’s Daughter came to a close not only did I feel better educated about the platypus I couldn’t wait to make plans to view a platypus with the new set of information I gleaned from Tea CooperThe Naturalist’s Daughter isn’t just about the platypus it also follows the story of two very determined women ahead of their time performing acts that were outside the box for women of their respective eras Cooper highlights the difficulty women of both her 1800 and 1900 based narratives faced by existing in a male dominated world especially in the area of scientific knowledge and discovery I greatly admired Rose’s decision to firstly travel to England without her father Secondly I thought Rose was extremely fearless in her attempts to present her father’s findings to the Royal Society especially in her pursuit of winning figurehead Joseph Banks over The controversy and fierce debate of awarding classification of the platypus was covered very well by Cooper I also loved Rose’s interactions back home with her father she clearly had plenty to contribute to the field of research into the platypus The other protagonist of the novel in the 1908 narrative Tamsin Alleyn is just as powerful in her own right Despite the fact that these two strong and female protagonists lived 100 years part Cooper ties their stories together in a harmonious way Eually interesting are the male characters that flesh out the pages of this story They are wonderfully complex such as Rose’s father Charles in the earlier narrative and Shaw in the 1908 based storyline All the characters featured in The Naturalist’s Daughter are portrayed with a sense of intimacy which I appreciated very muchTea Cooper’s latest novel offers the reader a great combination of genres Readers who make the wise choice and select The Naturalist’s Daughter to read can expect a touch of unusual natural history romance and drama The use of the sketchbook containing early illustrations of the platypus provided a beautiful air of mystery and intrigue to the novel I will admit that this object completely drew me in to the unfolding story I loved how Tea Cooper carefully connected this sketchbook to her leading characters across the two different timelinesThe Naturalist’s Daughter is an outstanding as well as ardent tribute to one of Australia’s icons from the natural world the platypus It is a smoothly written novel with plenty of history especially of Australia’s heritage and the scientific world interspersed throughout an arresting narrative Tea Cooper has outdone herself with her latest and greatest novel to date The Naturalist’s DaughterI wish to thank the publisher Harleuin Books Australia for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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    It took me uite a while to settle into this book which I was keen to read given a number of positive reviews from fellow Aussie Readers The first 20 30 pages seemed patchy to me and I felt unclear whether I was reading a romance an historical fiction or? Feeling the need to persist I kept reading and found that it eventually settled down into an engaging piece of historical story telling which contained a great mystery Having read many historical novels with two time periods I was intrigued that this book presented times in the early 1800s and early 1900s whereas most novels using this narrative device offer a modern day perspective along with the historical It worked for me to some degree and I liked the 20th century protagonist Tamsin My heart belonged though to Rose the strong willed brainy determined young woman whose commitment to the scientific truth brought her up against the British Establishment in 1810Rose's mission was to promote her ailing father's life long investigation into the nature and habits of the Australian platypus a creature so unfamiliar to the scientific Establishment in England that the pundits refused to believe it existed They called the specimens and drawings a grand hoax The parts of the book that followed this thread really appealed to meThe mystery surrounding the origins of the sketchbook which contained all those significant scientific observations was intriguing and some of the minor narrative elements held my attention However I found some aspects of the story tipped over into melodrama That style may appeal to some readers but I found it rather cheesy And the putative link between Rose and Tamsin a century apart struck me as a bit contrivedI was not entranced by Tea Cooper's writing style It seemed a bit patchy with some well written almost lyrical passages interspersed with some incredibly clunky paragraphs Lots of poorly constructed phrases such as an elegantly 'clad' foot which surely should have been elegantly 'shod'? I don't want to be too picky but the misuses jarredHaving said that I did enjoy the book overall and think it is a pleasant mystery one that does not tax the brain too much A solid 35 stars

  4. says:

    What a wonderful book My favourite kind fiction based on fact great characters beautifully written and the fiction part of the story two women a century apart built by the author into a rather fabulous story An I thought I was not a fan if romance stories

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction novel I loved the dual timelines and couldn't wait to see how they tied together I learnt a lot about the platypus and always enjoy learning about Australia back in the day I highly recommend this novelThank you to Netgalley and Harleuin Australia TEEN MIRA for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review

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    ‘We must always record our evidence It’s the only way’In 1808 at Agnes Banks in NSW a young Rose Winton is fascinated by her father’s work Charles Winton is a naturalist studying the platypus or mallangong as it is known by the local indigenous people Charles Winton has been corresponding with Sir Joseph Banks then President of the Royal Society about the mysterious animal Charles Winton’s ground breaking research accompanied by sketches provides much information about the platypus than anyone else has yet documented Charles Winton is invited to present his findings to the Royal Society but becomes ill and is unable to sail to London He sends Rose in his place there are family connections Rose can turn to ‘‘Ask all the uestions you can think of and remember the Royal Society motto—Nullius in Verba’ Take no one’s word for it’’In 1908 in Sydney NSW Tamsin Alleyn is a young woman working at the Public Library She’s sent to Wollombi in the Hunter Valley to retrieve an old sketch book which has been gifted to the Library by an elderly woman The journal is said to belong to Charles Winton and if it’s genuine it may be of great significance Two stories separated by a century Two young women much independent than is usual for the times Two mysteries to be explained While the reader will uickly understand where the sketchbook came from the uestion of ownership needs to be resolved as does how the sketchbook ended up in Wollombi For part of the story the reader has information than Tamsin I was engrossed by this stage I wanted to know how Tamsin would trace the history of the sketchbook I wanted to find the links between 1808 and 1908 what happened to Rose and what about the presentation to the Royal Society?To write about the story could spoil it There is than one mystery in this novel in both 1808 and 1908 as well as an occasional melodramatic flourish to hold the reader’s attention I really enjoyed the characters of both Rose and Tamsin and the way in which Ms Cooper presented this story This is the first of Ms Cooper’s novels I have read but it certainly won’t be the lastJennifer Cameron Smith

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    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 what an amazing story set across a century here in Australia and England the characters are strong and are alive there is a mystery that crosses the century that was amazing as it was unravelled and the two woman are fabulous they showed such courage I had a very early morning as I finished this oneWhere do I start? Maybe with Rose Winton I loved Rose and her strength and courage she worked so hard alongside her father Charles Winton one of the colonies first naturalists studying the native platypus in its environment and this was in Agnes Banks New South Wales 1808 Rose is a young girl than but years working with her father taught her how to draw and paint and learn she lived with her Pa and Mam a convict transported for theft but there were secrets that were kept and when they come out people’s lives are turned upside down but Rose shows such strength when it is neededIt is now 1908 and Tamsin Alleyn is working for at the public library in Sydney and is asks to take a trip to The Hunter Valley and investigate a sketch book that is supposed to belong to Charles Winton Tamsin meets a solicitor Shaw Everdene who is working for the family who supposedly owns the book this starts a journey of investigation that is so intriguing when one discovery leads to another and Tamsin and Shaw get closerThis book has left me speechless I practically gulped this one down in one sitting it is so good two woman a century apart linked like you would not believe I loved the strength that these two showed and with the help of the men who jumped in and added to the journey was amazing of course there is the history of the platypus and the settings MS Cooper you have knocked my socks off with this one I cannot highly recommend it enough I loved this one

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    A fabulous journey into the nineteenth century world of scientific and naturalist discoveries a time when The Royal society in London headed by Sir Joseph Banks was at its most powerful It was men who understood the complexities of science not women but Tea Cooper has challenged this erroneous belief with her story of Rose Winton and Tamsin Alleyn At first it was difficult to know whether this was a love story or a story of two unconventional determined women fighting for recognition in the midst of prejudice and sexism On finishing the book I decided it was both and that’s what I so loved about itIt begins in Australia in 1808 with Charles Winton’s obsession with studying the ornithorhynchus animus also known as the platypus His daughter Rose shares his obsession and together they study and record in words and pictures the movement and habits of this strange animal One hundred years later a young woman researcher Tamsin Alleyn receives documents from The Royal Society in London which hint at journals and records kept by Charles Winton which she believes hold answers to one of the great natural mysteries of the timeWhen a message is received at the Mitchell Library beueathing them a journal belonging to Charles Winton Tamsin is sent to a small country town to retrieve it A continuous series of events prevent her taking possession of the journal which increases her determination to uncover the mystery surrounding this book The story swings between two centuries and two women Rose and Tamsin as each follow their passions – Rose’s to convince the Royal Society her father has not fabricated a hoax and Tamsin’s to pursue possession of the valuable journal and unearth Rose’s story This is a book rich with history intriguing scientific facts twists and turns and a satisfying ending The characters are complex and well developed and the surroundings intimately portrayed I felt as if I was on a uest with the characters to discover all the half hidden long forgotten pieces of an enthralling puzzle and couldn’t stop reading until they were all in place A definite must read

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    This is a wonderful novel set in Australia and England about two extraordinary young women a century apart who are embroiled in the great scientific mystery of the Antipodes that was the platypus In 1808 young Rose Winton adores working with her father Charles studying and creating detailed drawings of the platypus in its natural environment Clever uick witted and resourceful Rose is a wonderful foil and encouragement to her kind studious father who is supported in his research in part by a meagre sum of money from none other than the great botanist and scientist Joseph Banks in England When an opportunity to present his findings to the Royal Society in London arrives Charles Winton is thrilled – at last all his hard work and dedication will reap the rewards and recognition he deserves But when something happens that prevents him going he sends Rose euipped with his glorious and detailed sketchbook and findings in his stead Filled with eual parts excitement and trepidation little does Rose know that her journey to the “mother country” will be just that – a dangerous journey into a past that she had no knowledge of and which her mother transported to the colonies years earlier has tried hard to forget At the newly established Mitchell library in Sydney 1908 Tamsin Alleyn has been tasked with proving the provenance of an old sketchbook that is going to be donated by a reclusive woman living in the Hunter Valley Sent to see the old woman Tamsin is thrown into the company of lawyer and wanna be antiuarian book dealer Shaw Everdene and his clients people with a vested interest in not only the sketch book but discovering the origins and real owner as well What Tamsin learns – about the book but also about Shaw herself and her past simply deepens the mystery of not only the sketchbook but those who filled it with their studies and what happened to them so long ago Once I started this book I found it hard to put down The settings are wonderfully created whether it’s the Hunter Valley early 1900s Sydney or London and Cornwall in the 1800s The characters are as vividly drawn as the sketches of the platypus and the small but rich details of life on the land and in the city and the spaces between captivatingly rendered History is brought to life in this cleverly plotted book as is early Australia and the relationships between the Indigenous population the land and the white settlers but never at the expense of a rollicking good story I stayed up till the wee hours to finish this marvellous novel and it was worth the thick head and bleary eyes today I look forward to reading of Cooper’s books

  10. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Australian historical novel which centres around the western world’s discovery and scientific documentation of the rare and elusive platypus Early reports of which were received with disbelief and scorn by members of London’s Royal Society headed by a supportive but ailing Sir Joseph Banks Intertwined storylines a century apart feature two strong female characters who are both ahead of their times Rose Winton in the early 1800s shares her father’s passion for this mysterious creature uniue in the animal world She helps him to create a comprehensive record of the platypus’s appearance behaviours and characteristics 100 years later librarian Tamsin Alleyn is assigned the task of authenticating Winton’s sketchbook a task that throws up riddles than answers All aspects of this book are well done the history the scientific endeavour the landscapes in both Australia and England the characters are well developed and everything ties together with a satisfying conclusion

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The Naturalists Daughter 1808 Agnes Banks NSWRose Winton wants nothing 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 Rosie must venture forth in his stead What she discovers there will change the lives of future generations 1908 Sydney NSWTamsin Alleyn has been given a mission travel to the Hunter Valley and retrieve an old sketchbook of debatable value gifted to the Public Library by a recluse But when she gets there she finds there is to the book than meets the eye and than one interested party Shaw Everdene a young antiuarian bookseller and lawyer seems to have his own agenda when it comes to the book – and Tamsin In an attempt to discover the book's true provenance Tamsin decides to work with himThe deeper they delve the 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 conseuences

  • Paperback
  • 356 pages
  • The Naturalists Daughter
  • Tea Cooper
  • English
  • 06 May 2015
  • 9781489242426

About the Author: Tea Cooper

Tea Cooper writes Australian contemporary and historical fiction In a past life she was a teacher a journalist and a farmer These days she haunts museums and indulges her passion for storytelling