Innovative, picaresque and wonderfully strange, Andrew Caledecott crafts a world within a world as he opens the door to the time-locked town of Rotherweird where nothing is as it seems.
'Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties.' - Hilary Mantel
Twelve children, gifted far beyond their years, banished by their queen and given sanctuary at Rotherweird. Some say they are the golden generation; some say the devil's spawn. But everyone knows there is something to be revered - and feared.
Four and a half centuries on, the town of Rotherweird is still bound by the Elizabethan laws that keep it isolated from the rest of England, any study of its past forbidden.
Then an outsider arrives: a man of unparalleled wealth and power, enough to buy the town of Rotherweird - deep-buried secrets and all.
Regarded as perhaps Britain’s leading libel silk, Andrew Caldecott QC sets aside his duties at the bar to deliver a brilliant, fully-rounded fantasy with a simply stunning premise. Described by the Independent as ‘Harry Potter for grown-ups’ and an ‘entertaining and hugely funny history, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy caper’, Rotherweird is an entirely mesmerising, entertaining and glisteningly original story from a talented new voice in fiction. It is followed by the 2018 sequel, Wyntertide.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 203 x 195 x 31 mm
Edition: Illustrated edition
'Compelling . . . the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts.' – The Guardian
'A history-tragic-comedy all rolled into one, Rotherweird is intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book not unlike other books, but with special and dangerous properties. Line by line, silent and adroit, it opens a series of trap-doors in the reader's imagination.' - Hilary Mantel
'An imaginative tour de force.' - The Times
'Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold. An enthralling puzzle picture of a book.' - M R Carey
'Sublime . . . Call me greedy, but I'm already itching to return to Caldecott's universe.' - The Irish Times
This novel is a remarkable achievement. It's also extremely funny, in a typically British sort of way . . . a delightful Harry Potter for grown-ups.’- The Independent
Truly, sinisterly magical. 10/10 - Starburst
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