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  The Lost World

I have wrought my simple plan
If I give one hour of joy
To the boy who's half a man,
Or the man who's half a boy

The Lost World (1912) is an exciting tale of heroism and skulduggery involving bad-tempered scientists, unrequited love, hidden diamonds and dinosaurs.

Thousands of copies of the full-text version of the novel and a specially commissioned adaptation for younger or less confident readers are being distributed across the participating sites for the Lost World Read 2009. Go to Books for details of availability.

The Lost World cover   The Lost World children's edition

The special adaptation of The Lost World is available at the Downloads page in PDF, Word and audio formats.

An illustrated readers' guide to the novel has been produced for the project. This provides biographies of Conan Doyle and Darwin, pointing out where their lives and interests overlapped; questions for reading group discussion; a look at fossils and dinosaurs and the impact their discovery had upon the popular imagination; and a survey of evolutionary themes in British science fiction. It is being given away free of charge while stocks last and is also available at the Downloads page in PDF and Word format.

In this section of the website you can read a summary of the book's plot, along with information about dinosaurs.

Lost World Read display at Glasgow's Mitchell Library.

Lost World Read display at Glasgow's Mitchell Library.

You may want to postpone visiting some of the pages on this website until you have read the book in case you see something that will give the plot away.

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The Lost World Read 2009 is pleased to be working in conjunction with BBC Audiobooks and Audioville to bring you a free complete and unabridged mp3 download of The Lost World over 7 hours long. Simply go to and follow the links for The Lost World.

There is also a free audio download of the simplified adaptation of The Lost World on the Downloads page.

As the Lost World Read project has now officially ended we have closed the online survey and are no longer updating the website. You can read a summary of the comments received in this survey report.

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