The life of Charles Grover,
Charles Grover was born into a working-class
household in Buckinghamshire in
1842 and apprenticed to a brush-maker from the age of 12.
From these unpromising beginnings
he was to forge a career that would bring
him to the notice of the foremost scientists of the Victorian age.
After viewing his first comet -
Donati's in 1858 - Charles Grover turned his
attention to astronomy. In 1882 he gambled his future on a trip to
Australia, as assistant to Cuthbert Peek, heir to a baronetcy, to see the
transit of Venus.
This book tells the story of a
lifelong enthusiasm, success against the
odds, and an extraordinary journey to view a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical
event on the other side of the world.