The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley (Hardback)
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The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages
Published: 09/06/2022
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Waterstones Says

Drifting between London and Constantinople, Lusk's gorgeously evocative historical mystery is crafted with as much precision and attention to detail as the clockwork automata that form the novel's spellbinding plotline.

Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2023

Zachary Cloudesley is gifted in a remarkable way. But not all gifts are a blessing...

Leadenhall Street, London, 1754.

Raised amongst the cogs and springs of his father's workshop, Zachary Cloudesley has grown up surrounded by strange and enchanting clockwork automata. He is a happy child, beloved by his father Abel and the workmen who help bring his father's creations to life.

He is also the bearer of an extraordinary gift; at the touch of a hand, Zachary can see into the hearts and minds of the people he meets.

But then a near-fatal accident will take Zachary away from the workshop and his family. His father will have to make a journey to Constantinople that he will never return from. And, years later, only Zachary can find out what happened.

A beautifully crafted historical mystery that will take the reader from 18th century London, across Europe and, finally, to the bustling city of Constantinople.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780857528056
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 483 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Inventive, fantastical... memorable - The Times

[A] dashing, magical debut . . . intricately plotted, and peopled with intriguing characters and cunning clockwork - Daily Mail

One of the best books I've read this year. Atmospheric, engaging, and elegantly written, this amazing tale of a clockmaker whose son possesses unusual talents is completely unforgettable. - Sunday Times bestselling author, Bonnie Garmus

An original coming-of-age tale... enjoyable and imaginative debut - Sunday Times (Historical Fiction Book of the Month)

I just fell in love with it within the first two sentences . . . When a book does that to you, when it really grabs you, it's just so powerful . . . this book is like the love child of Charles Dickens and Isabel Allende - Ruth Jones, Sunday Times bestselling author

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“A remarkable and whimsical book full of charm.”

A remarkable and whimsical book full of charm.

This is one of those books that absorbs you to the point you feel like you personally know the characters. I have no doubt that this will be a hit.

Hardback edition
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“Great debut historical magic realism”

A very impressive debut novel.

It starts with the traumatic birth of Zachary which kills the beloved wife of clockmaker/automaton Maker Abel.

Zachary grows up under the watchful gaze of his former wet nurse Mrs... More

Hardback edition
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“Superb Debut!”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
Before we start on the content of the book - let's just say I LOVE the cover of the proof - so can only imagine the beauty of the finished article.
This is... More

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