The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

From the moment Alma Whittaker steps into the world, everything about life intrigues her. Instilled with an unquenchable sense of wonder by her father, a botanical explorer and the richest man in the New World, Alma is raised in a house of luxury and curiosity. It is not long before she becomes a gifted botanist in her own right.

But as she flourishes and her research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction – into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

The Signature of All Things soars across the globe of the nineteenth century, from London and Peru, to Philadelphia, Tahiti and beyond. Peopled with extraordinary characters along the way, most of all it has an unforgettable heroine in Alma Whittaker.

Explore the other winners

Winner announced - 9th September

Stay in the loop

Enter your email to be the first to know the latest news from the Women's Prize For Fiction

VOTE

Vote for your favourite #WomensPrize winner

Cast your vote for your favourite #ReadingWomen book and decide who will be our Winner of Winners in our 25th year.

Favourite book Live

  • A Spell of Winter
    5% 159 / 3k
  • Fugitive Pieces
    1% 53 / 3k
  • Larry's Party
    1% 40 / 3k
  • A Crime in the Neighborhood
    0% 23 / 3k
  • When I Lived in Modern Times
    0% 26 / 3k
  • The Idea of Perfection
    0% 16 / 3k
  • Bel Canto
    3% 116 / 3k
  • Property
    0% 14 / 3k
  • Small Island
    8% 269 / 3k
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
    7% 222 / 3k
  • On Beauty
    3% 107 / 3k
  • Half of a Yellow Sun
    19% 610 / 3k
  • The Road Home
    2% 63 / 3k
  • Home
    2% 80 / 3k
  • The Lacuna
    2% 81 / 3k
  • The Tiger's Wife
    1% 42 / 3k
  • The Song of Achilles
    12% 370 / 3k
  • May We Be Forgiven
    1% 37 / 3k
  • A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
    2% 78 / 3k
  • How to be Both
    4% 126 / 3k
  • The Glorious Heresies
    2% 69 / 3k
  • The Power
    5% 157 / 3k
  • Home Fire
    5% 181 / 3k
  • An American Marriage
    5% 182 / 3k
Win a set of our 2020 shortlist!

Sign up for the Women's Prize for Fiction newsletter and win a stack of this year's six shortlisted books.

(We will send you occasional emails full of author interviews, extracts and audio, and you can unsubscribe anytime. Please read our privacy policy for more information).