The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Paperback)Natasha Pulley (author)
Former Waterstones bookseller Natasha Pulley unleashes a kaleidoscopic steampunk world in this magical tale of clockwork birds and luminiferous ether. A rip-roaring adventure that blends historical fact with the most imaginative fiction, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is an unbridled delight.
He held the watch a moment longer before setting it on the wooden chair by the bed, the one that served as a table for collars and cufflinks. The gold caught the ember-light and shone the colour of a human voice.
Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow.
But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history.
When the watch saves Thaniel's life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori - a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something.
Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry. As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.
Utterly beguiling, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street blends historical events with dazzling flights of fancy to plunge readers into a strange and magical past, where time, destiny, genius - and a clockwork octopus - collide.
‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street might be compared to one of Mori’s clockwork birds: intricate, charming and altogether surprising.’ – The New York Times
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'An assured and absorbing debut ... Immensely pleasurable reading. Ms Pulley's prose is strong and energetic, with a wry edge ... The Watchmaker of Filigree Street might be compared to one of Mori's clockwork birds: intricate, charming and altogether surprising' - Helene Wecker, The New York Times
'Forget steampunk. Welcome to tickpunk ... Part Susanna Clarke, part Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a delightful read that benefits from wonderfully colourful characters and a lyrical prose style full of esoteric detail ... A compelling read' - SFX Magazine
'A charming, quirky, clever tale, filled with intricate detail, and a plot that feels as deftly crafted as a precision timepiece' - Joanne Harris
'Rare and precious ... Humour, wit, mystery and danger are threaded through the book in musical measure. It dances between genres and makes partners of several ... Pulley's capacity for making antagonists out of fully realized and sympathetic characters is impressive, as is her ability to keep one guessing as the plot ticks along. There's nothing quite like putting down a delightful, relentlessly charming and deeply moving book and then finding out it's the authors first ... A remarkable debut' - Los Angeles Times Book Review
'Historical fiction, magic realism and elements of gothic fiction combine in this ambitious debut ... This is accomplished writing from Natasha Pulley, whose imagination shines through' - Irish Times
'Enchanting ... Amid this thriller-like plot, Pulley raises thought-provoking questions about free will, fate and identity - making for a rich brew of historical fantasy, philosophy and emotion' - The Washington Post
'A brilliant novel in which fantasy punctuates history' - Times Higher Education Supplement
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