Colour polymorphism in the periwinkle Littorina obtusata: citrina,aurantia, rubens and fusca - that inspired the artist Matt in Ann Lingard's novel 'Seaside Pleasures'. 'Lovely poetic names', see p99.
The 'chair tiling' - an aperiodic tiling of the plane; from Professor Uwe Grimm's group at the Open University (Lisa and colleagues, characters in Ann Lingard's novel The Embalmer's Book of Recipes, work on aperiodic tilings and quasicrystals)
Quilts of illusion: tumbling blocks. (Lisa, one of the characters in Ann Lingard's novel The Embalmer's Book of Recipes, is given a quilt somewhat similar to this - though older, and with darker blues and reds.)
The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard, Sadie is Protestant, Kevin is Catholic - and on the tense streets of Belfast their lives collide. It starts with a dare - kids fooling around - but soon becomes something dangerous. Getting to know Sadie Jackson will change Kevin's life forever. But will the world around them change too?
An engraving from Gosse's 'Actinologia Britannica' (1860) showing Stomphia churchiae (found by Anne Church using a 'turbot dredge' in Loch Long) bottom left. Anne Church has been fictionalised as a character in Ann Lingard's novel 'Seaside Pleasures'
From P H Gosse's 'Actinologia Britannica', 1860; Gosse stripped off and plunged into a pool at Ilfracombe to collect the 'scarlet and gold madrepore, Balanophyllia' ( a cup coral), on the right of the picture.His friend Rev Charles Kingsley found the species later at Lundy. (More in Ann Lingard's novel, Seaside Pleasures.)