When the Origins of Species was published on 24 November 1859, its author, Charles Darwin, was near the end of a nine-week stay in the remote Yorkshire village of Ilkley.
He had come for the 'water cure' - a regime of cold baths and wet sheets - and for relaxation.
But he used his time in Ilkley to shore up support, through extensive correspondence, for the extraordinary theory that the Origin would put before the world: evolution by natural selection.
In Darwin in Ilkley, Mike Dixon and Gregory Radick bring to life Victorian Ilkley and the dramas of body and mind that marked Darwin's visit.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2009
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9780752452838