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The Alchemist's Daughter - A Novel

Katharine McMahon

There are long-held secrets at the manor house in Buckinghamshire, England, where Emilie Selden has been raised in near isolation by her father. A student of Isaac Newton, John Selden believes he can turn his daughter into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist. Secluded in their ancient house, with only two servants for company, he fills Emilie with knowledge and records her progress obsessively. In the spring of 1725, father and daughter begin their most daring alchemical experiment to date-they will attempt to breathe life into dead matter. But their work is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers: one a researcher, the other a dazzling young merchant. During the course of a sultry August, while her father is away, Emilie experiences the passion of first love. Listening to her heart rather than her head, she makes a choice. Banished to London and plunged headlong into a society that is both glamorous and ruthless, Emilie discovers that for all her extraordinary education she has no insight into the workings of the human heart. When she tries to return to the world of books and study, she instead unravels a shocking secret that sets her on her true journey to enlightenment. The Alchemist's Daughter is a gripping, evocative tale. Set against the backdrop of eighteenth-century London society, it is an unforgettable story of one woman's journey through a world of mystery, passion, and obsession. Selden Manor was the crucible in which my father, the Gills, and I lived together. I peer into it now with the respectful caution with which I was taught to approach any volatile experiment. I am searching for a day to illustrate our life before 1725, the year when everything changed. And unlike the blacksmith's daughter, I am an expert in observation. I know what I am looking for-bubbles of gas, a rise in temperature, an alteration in texture-small indications of chemical change that mean something significant is happening. -from The Alchemist's Daughter From the Hardcover edition.

There are long-held secrets at the manor house in Buckinghamshire, England, where Emilie Selden has been raised in near isolation by her father. A student of Isaac Newton, John Selden believes he can turn his daughter into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist. Secluded in their ancient house, with only two servants for company, he fills Emilie with knowledge and records her progress obsessively. In the spring of 1725, father and daughter begin their most daring alchemical experiment to date-they will attempt to breathe life into dead matter. But their work is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers: one a researcher, the other a dazzling young merchant. During the course of a sultry August, while her father is away, Emilie experiences the passion of first love. Listening to her heart rather than her head, she makes a choice. Banished to London and plunged headlong into a society that is both glamorous and ruthless, Emilie discovers that for all her extraordinary education she has no insight into the workings of the human heart. When she tries to return to the world of books and study, she instead unravels a shocking secret that sets her on her true journey to enlightenment. The Alchemist's Daughter is a gripping, evocative tale. Set against the backdrop of eighteenth-century London society, it is an unforgettable story of one woman's journey through a world of mystery, passion, and obsession. Selden Manor was the crucible in which my father, the Gills, and I lived together. I peer into it now with the respectful caution with which I was taught to approach any volatile experiment. I am searching for a day to illustrate our life before 1725, the year when everything changed. And unlike the blacksmith's daughter, I am an expert in observation. I know what I am looking for-bubbles of gas, a rise in temperature, an alteration in texture-small indications of chemical change that mean something significant is happening. -from The Alchemist's Daughter From the Hardcover edition.
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There are long-held secrets at the manor house in Buckinghamshire, England, where Emilie Selden has been raised in near isolation by her father. A student of Isaac Newton, John Selden believes he can turn his daughter into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist. Secluded in their ancient house, with only two servants for company, he fills Emilie with knowledge and records her progress obsessively. In the spring of 1725, father and daughter begin their most daring alchemical experiment to date-they will attempt to breathe life into dead matter. But their work is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers: one a researcher, the other a dazzling young merchant. During the course of a sultry August, while her father is away, Emilie experiences the passion of first love. Listening to her heart rather than her head, she makes a choice. Banished to London and plunged headlong into a society that is both glamorous and ruthless, Emilie discovers that for all her extraordinary education she has no insight into the workings of the human heart. When she tries to return to the world of books and study, she instead unravels a shocking secret that sets her on her true journey to enlightenment. The Alchemist's Daughter is a gripping, evocative tale. Set against the backdrop of eighteenth-century London society, it is an unforgettable story of one woman's journey through a world of mystery, passion, and obsession. Selden Manor was the crucible in which my father, the Gills, and I lived together. I peer into it now with the respectful caution with which I was taught to approach any volatile experiment. I am searching for a day to illustrate our life before 1725, the year when everything changed. And unlike the blacksmith's daughter, I am an expert in observation. I know what I am looking for-bubbles of gas, a rise in temperature, an alteration in texture-small indications of chemical change that mean something significant is happening. -from The Alchemist's Daughter From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Justine Eyre

Length:

11h 50m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:27


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:34


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:09


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:53


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:19


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

01:44


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:08


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:18


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:48


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:18


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:47


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:05


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:44


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:45


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:52


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:48


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:37


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:06


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:02


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:53


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

01:09


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:54


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:47


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:30


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:18


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:56


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:32


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:12


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:35


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:00


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:22


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:28


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

01:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:02


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:48


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:10


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:09


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:13


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:24


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:13


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:58


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:47


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:15


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:57


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:12


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:20


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:42


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:54


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

01:56


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:18


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:09


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:02


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:28


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:37


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

00:48


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:28


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:27


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

01:37


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

02:15


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:49


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:22


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

01:34


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

02:51


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

02:08


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:03


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:23


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:27


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

01:56


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:06


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:17


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:25


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

00:47


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:18


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:45


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:11


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:13


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:17


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:30


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:42


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:12


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:51


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:11


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:27


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:36


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

02:52


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:15


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:14


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:03


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:39


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:41


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:41


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:18


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:10


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:47


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:51


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:01


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:00


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:51


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

05:28


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:39


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:27


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:45


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:29


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:48


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:01


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:39


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

00:22