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Rebecca Stott

Biography

Rebecca Stott

Rebecca Stott is a professor of English literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. She is the author of DARWIN'S GHOSTS: The Secret History of Evolution, the novels THE CORAL THIEF and the national bestseller GHOSTWALK, and a biography, DARWIN AND THE BARNACLE. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and lives in Norwich.

Rebecca Stott

Books by Rebecca Stott

by Rebecca Stott - Memoir, Nonfiction

Rebecca Stott both adored and feared her father, Roger Stott, a high-ranking minister in the Brighton, England, branch of the Exclusive Brethren, a separatist fundamentalist Christian sect. Years later, when the Stotts broke with the Brethren after a scandal involving the cult’s leader, Roger became an actor and a compulsive gambler who left the family penniless and ended up in jail. IN THE DAYS OF RAIN is Rebecca Stott’s attempt to make sense of her childhood in the Exclusive Brethren, to understand her father’s role in the cult and in the breaking apart of her family, and to come to be at peace with her relationship with a larger-than-life figure whose faults were matched by a passion for life, a thirst for knowledge, and a love of literature and beauty.

by Rebecca Stott - History, Nonfiction

Soon after the publication of ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, Charles Darwin received an unsettling letter that accused him of taking credit for a theory that had already been discovered by others. Realizing his error of omission, Darwin tried to trace all of the natural philosophers who had laid the groundwork for his theory, but he found that history had already forgotten many of them. Rebecca Stott goes in search of these ghosts, telling the epic story of the discovery of evolution and natural selection.