The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach (Hardback)
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The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach (Hardback)

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Published: 12/08/2021
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'Treadwell's book is a magnificent pastiche of 18th-century fiction'
The Sunday Times

'Tristram Shandy meets Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in a novel that addresses dark disturbing themes with tremendous wit, charm and elegance'
Daily Express

'Part historical pastiche, part gothic horror, this is an ambitious and stylistically bold 18th-century adventure with shades of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell'
SFX

'Treadwell's book entertains and impresses . . . He must be heartily congratulated both for performing an extraordinary feat of literary ventriloquism and also for reminding us what historical fiction does best: create an entirely convincing vanished world while also using that world as a lens through which to view the present day'
Guardian

WHO IS THOMAS PEACH?

Ah, reader! -- if you would have us answer THAT question -- What mysteries you shall compel us to expose!

It is the year 1785, and a gentleman of modest means has left London for the countryside, to look after his ailing wife.

Among his new neighbours, tongues begin to wag. Why does he keep a locked chest under the stairs? Is it really full of forbidden books? And what exactly is the matter with his wife?

For the most part, though, the couple live in peace -- until a letter arrives, threatening to cut off their livelihood and expel them from their home.

Faced with the prospect of penury -- and perhaps worse -- the gentleman rides out in search of some means to save himself.

But fate has other plans for Thomas Peach.

A bizarre request brings an encounter with a mysterious young woman, raised from infancy as a rich man's ward, now condemned to the madhouse. As their paths become disturbingly entangled, Mr Peach begins to suspect that in her past lies a dreadful secret . . .

Dreadful indeed! -- Yet however fearful the poor child's history -- can her secret be darker, than HIS OWN?

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529347326
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 238 x 156 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An extraordinary novel . . . a tour de force - Andrew Taylor

Treadwell's book is a magnificent pastiche of 18th-century fiction - The Sunday Times

Tristram Shandy meets Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in a novel that addresses dark disturbing themes with tremendous wit, charm and elegance - Daily Express and Daily Mirror

Part historical pastiche, part gothic horror, this is an ambitious and stylistically bold 18th-century adventure with shades of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - SFX

This novel is a virtuoso performance . . . he must be heartily congratulated both for performing an extraordinary feat of literary ventriloquism and also for reminding us what historical fiction does best: create an entirely convincing vanished world while also using that world as a lens through which to view the present day - Guardian

A clever, playful mystery - Daily Express, Books of the Year

Entertaining, often amusing and definitely intriguing. I particularly liked the way I became totally immersed in this 18th century world - the author's attention to tone and detail is impressive - Concatenation

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“A Difficult but Enjoyable Read”

With Thanks to Jas Treadwell and Hodder & Stoughton for an advanced readers copy of this book.

3*

This intriguing and atmospheric novel set in 1785, follows the story of Thomas Peach a former country hermit who... More

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“Highly recommended”

An excellent mix of historical fiction and fantasy that kept me hooked.
Great world building and character development, an engaging and fascinating plot.
The archaic language is part of the charm of this book.
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“Enlighten your self”

Dear reader The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach will challenge your skills, you need your wits about you but you will experience a satisfying, entertaining read. Set in 1785 the story of Thomas Peach is told through... More

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