Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Natural History of Teeth

It's not available online, but I am fascinated to learn (from a piece in Time Out London) that a major character in David Mitchell's new novel is a Japanese student of surgery who journeys to London to learn about eighteenth-century surgical developments (I assume this is in the eighteenth century, not in the present day, though the phrasing's open to ambiguity!). Thanks to Becky for the serendipitous clipping, in which Mitchell praises surgeon John Hunter.

The Hunterian Museum (which makes an important appearance in my first novel) has a very spiffy website these days, by the way; go and take the virtual tour....

In other novel-related news, Heredity gets a ringing endorsement from the writer formerly known as the Washingtonienne! Very fun stuff.

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