Look through fresh eyes at the stories of some of history s most remarkable women, in this inspiring collection of short stories by the finest female authors writing historical fiction for children today The History Girls.
Best After Storms is the story inspired by Mary Anning,
you can read the story by clicking on the link below.
Why I Chose Mary Anning by Joan Lennon
For many years, I’ve been crazy about dinosaurs and ‘the dinosaur woman’, Mary Anning. I even dedicated the first of my Victorian detective books to her as an unsung nineteenth-century heroine.
It is such a thrill to find even the smallest, most bashed-about fossil from all those millions of years ago, yet Mary Anning discovered complete skeletons of huge ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and terodactyls. At the other end of the size scale, she was also one of the first people to realise that coprolites aren’t ancient fir cones, but fossilised poo.
She received little recognition in her own time, but is now called the Mother of Palaeontology (the study of prehistoric life).
Mary Anning Facts
Mary Anning was born in 1799 and died in 1847.
During her lifetime there was a great upsurge of interest in fossils and ideas about dinosaurs and
prehistory. Most of the scientists of the day were wealthy men who had the time and the cash to
build private collections of whatever they fancied. They bought the fossils that Mary and her family found in the rocks round Lyme Regis – an area now known as the Jurassic Coast.
It was not until long after her death that she began to receive the recognition she deserved as a one of the first great finders and identifiers of prehistoric creatures.
Joan Lennon was born in Canada long enough ago to have experienced history first hand. She has lived in Scotland most of her adult life. She has a PhD from St Andrews University and has endeavoured unsucessfully to get her 4 sons to address her as Doctor Mummy.
Her medieval series for 8-12 year olds, The Wickit Chronicles, follows the adventures of a boy called Pip with the voice of an angel and a delightful though dangerous-to-know gargoyle (technically a grotesque) called Perfect. In her Victorian series, The Slightly Jones Mysteries, also for 8-12s, her heroine’s ambition is to be as great a detective as Mr Sherlock Holmes, and no baffling clues, mad scientists, Egyptian mummies or Scottish ghosts are going to stop her. She is a contributor to Daughters of Time.
The only question now is which historical period to choose next?