New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
<< Previous book
book cover of 

Percival\'s Planet

Percival's Planet

(2010)
(The Unfixed Stars)
A novel by

 
A novel of ambition and obsession centered on the race to discover Pluto in 1930, pitting an untrained Kansas farm boy against the greatest minds of Harvard at the run-down Lowell Observatory in Arizona

In 1928, the boy who will discover Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh, is on the family farm, grinding a lens for his own telescope under the immense Kansas sky. In Flagstaff, Arizona, the staff of Lowell Observatory is about to resume the late Percival Lowell's interrupted search for Planet X. Meanwhile, the immensely rich heir to a chemical fortune has decided to go west to hunt for dinosaurs and in Cambridge, Massachussetts, the most beautiful girl in America is going slowly insane while her ex-heavyweight champion boyfriend stands by helplessly, desperate to do anything to keep her. Inspired by the true story of Tombaugh and set in the last gin-soaked months of the flapper era, Percival's Planet tells the story of the intertwining lives of half a dozen dreamers, schemers, and madmen. Following Tombaugh's unlikely path from son of a farmer to discoverer of a planet, the novel touches on insanity, mathematics, music, astrophysics, boxing, dinosaur hunting, shipwrecks - and what happens when the greatest romance of your life is also the source of your life's greatest sorrow.

 
Used availability for Michael Byers's Percival's Planet


See all available used copies of this book at Abebooks UK or Abebooks US
 

Hardback Editions

August 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 0-8050-9218-8 / 978-0-8050-9218-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2010 : UK Hardback
Title: The Unfixed Stars
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 0-330-51340-0 / 978-0-330-51340-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 0-312-57356-1 / 978-0-312-57356-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Unfixed Stars
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 0-330-51381-8 / 978-0-330-51381-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Unfixed Stars
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 0-330-51394-X / 978-0-330-51394-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 1-4001-1841-7 / 978-1-4001-1841-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 1-4001-4841-3 / 978-1-4001-4841-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2010 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 1-4001-6841-4 / 978-1-4001-6841-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Unfixed Stars
Author(s): Michael Byers
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



Search for