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|The Lost World: A reader’s guide|
Word version of the readers’ guide produced for The Lost World Read 2009
The Lost World Read 2009
The Lost World Read 2009 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin with a mass-read of the classic adventure story The Lost World. It is part of Darwin 200 – the global celebrations of the life and work of the man who transformed the world with his theory of evolution by natural selection.
The project brings communities together to share the joy of reading, learn about the past and discuss issues of current concern. People will be taking part in locations across England and Scotland.
Thousands of copies of the full-text version of the book and a specially commissioned adaptation for younger or less confident readers are being distributed across the participating areas, along with a graphic-style biography of Darwin.
Support material includes a dedicated website providing information on activities taking place during the course of the project. Visit www.lostworldread.com for further details.
This illustrated guide provides historical background information of relevance to the novel. It includes biographies of Conan Doyle and Darwin, pointing out where their lives and interests overlapped; a look at fossils and dinosaurs and the impact their discovery had upon the popular imagination; and a survey of evolutionary themes in British science fiction.
Further background material can be found on the website. This guide can also be downloaded from the website in PDF and Word format.
Once you’ve finished the book please submit your comments via the online survey.
We hope you enjoy taking part in The Lost World Read 2009.
*** SPOILER ALERT *** You may want to leave this guide and the other background material until you have read the book in case you see something that will give the plot away.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle