Trouble With Lichen Book Summary and Study Guide

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Diana Brackley secures a job as a research scientist working for Francis Saxover, a somewhat eccentric private researcher. By accident they discover (independently) that a specimen of lichen sent to them for analysis has the ability to extend human life by many hundred years. They both see the implications of this (that many institutions will try to repress this knowledge) and are careful to keep the substance secret, but Diana decides that it must eventually become available to all humans and sets up an organisation designed to introduce it by stealth.
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Unfortunately Francis decides to let his immediate family in on the secret, and his daughter-in-law gives away part of the secret for money. As a result criminal forces begin to take interest in both Francis and Diana.

They meet in secret and Diana tells Francis that she is now ready to reveal all in a carefully manipulated media campaign, but the criminal element get involved and things go terribly wrong.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   genetic engineering Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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