Anna has landed the job of a life-time: a tenure-track position as assistant professor. Transplanted from a big urban university to a small-town college, from Manhattan to a tomato farm in Virginia, she is far more excited about her new life than her friends and family, who look on skeptically as she struggles with combative colleagues, difficult students, a deranged hoarder who keeps breaking into her office, and her growing infatuation with Professor Giles Cleveland, an arrogant, overbearing Englishman who seems to think that hiring her was a disastrous mistake. When a female graduate accuses the department chair of sexual violence, and graffiti arson threats appear in the college hallways, Anna is glad of the chance to get away for a few days to attend a conference. It worries her that Cleveland, for reasons possibly unknown even to himself, has decided to come along. After all, they agree that for a newbie to start an affair with a senior colleague would be professional suicide – especially if this affair is conducted in dark corners on campus and with ever increasing recklessness. The Englishman is a sexy and romantic campus novel that asks the question many a working girl has to ask herself: Is it ever a good idea to dib your nib into the office ink?
This is one of the anatomy illustrations that Anna talks about in her conference paper at Notre Dame University: 'De Formato Foetu' in Casserio and Spiegel's De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1631)
The old Observatory in Stockholm is a little like I imagine the observatory at Ardrossan - only at night! (Photo by Helen Pohl; no copyright infringement intended!)