The Clockwork Girl (Hardback)Anna Mazzola (author)
Pitching the reader into the heady milieu of eighteenth-century Paris, Mazzola's haunting narrative of vanished children and sinister mechanical experiments is an irresistible read perfect for fans of The Binding and The Essex Serpent.
Paris, 1750. In the midst of an icy winter, as birds fall frozen from the sky, chambermaid Madeleine Chastel arrives at the home of the city's celebrated clockmaker and his clever, unworldly daughter.
Madeleine is hiding a dark past, and a dangerous purpose: to discover the truth of the clockmaker's experiments and record his every move, in exchange for her own chance of freedom.
For as children quietly vanish from the Parisian streets, rumours are swirling that the clockmaker's intricate mechanical creations, bejewelled birds and silver spiders, are more than they seem.
And soon Madeleine fears that she has stumbled upon an even greater conspiracy. One which might reach to the very heart of Versailles...
A intoxicating story of obsession, illusion and the price of freedom.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 36 mm
'It's rarely I come across a book that astounds me. The Clockwork Girl byAnna Mazzola is one such book. Engrossing plot, vivid characters, attention to historical detail, and above all the beauty of its prose. It is breathtakingly good' - Abir Mukherjee
'This book has everything I love. A deliciously dark historical novel of thrilling originality. Immensely clever and entertaining, this is a dazzling gothic novel where science, sin and subterfuge are as intricately rendered as the workings of a clock' - Essie Fox
'Evocative, chilling, compelling. Anna Mazzola brings 18th Century Paris vividly to life in all its stinking, disease-ridden brutality. Tremendous' - Rachel Rhys/Tammy Cohen
'Rarely have I been so utterly swept away by the opening pages of a novel as I was with The Clockwork Girl by Anna Mazzola - this book hooked me in and didn't let go. 1750 Paris was exquisitely wrought, from the freezing and fetid underbelly of the back streets and brothels to the glittering decadence of Versailles. This intricate and twisting story kept me guessing until the end. An absolute masterpiece!' - Jennifer Saint
'Unbelievably immersive - from the first page you are plunged into 18th century Paris and you won't want to leave. It is a gripping, gothic tale... three unforgettable women caught in a web of intrigue and murders. You really won't want to miss this' - Elodie Harper
'Deliciously creepy, alive with the rustling silks, rotten smells and lethal egos of a divided Paris. Loved it' - Sarah Hilary
'Anna Mazzola's new novel is a macabre tale of social upheaval and aristocratic skullduggery set against a beautifully evoked 1750s Paris. Mazzola immerses us in the political intrigues of the period, weaving a dark tale of vanished children, an obsessive genius, and courtly machinations. Told through the voices of three very differing women this is another accomplished slice of historical noir from a sure-footed exponent of the genre' - Vaseem Khan
'A superb historical novel set in a brilliantly evoked 18th century Paris, The Clockwork Girl will delight and enthral and leave you wanting more' - William Ryan
'Drawing you into 18th century Paris from the very first page, this book is a dark delight. Anna is uniquely amazing at letting you into her characters' heads & hearts, so you carry on thinking about them long after you stop reading... a gothic gem' - Beth Underdown
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In the midst of winter, as birds fall frozen from the sky, a new maid arrives at the home of a celebrated clockmaker and his clever, unworldly daughter.
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Winter is a harsh mistress to most, especially those living amongst the busy streets that cannot afford a simple meal, let alone a roof over their heads and even the unforgiving touch is reaching those flying high for... More
“A magical journey to Paris and Versailles”
ALL THE (CLOCKWORK) STARS!!
Magical yet dark and disturbing
Showcases the world of clockwork marvels at the heart of 1750s Paris
A clockwork master makes the most exquisite and clever things never seen... More
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