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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street Book Cover The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Natasha Pulley
Historical Fiction / Fantasy

"In 1883, 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 events 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."

From Jim's post:...a lover of pure historical fiction could easily read this book and enjoy it. Pulley really gets into building the atmosphere of Victorian London. She pulls in major events like the Fenian dynamite campaign, the creation of a show Japanese village in Hyde park, and the newly opened London Underground. She also draws evenly on the technology of the time, describing the workings of telegraphs and clockwork mechanisms, which really gives the reader a feeling of being part of the world. In short, I loved this story and really hope Natasha Pulley writes more.

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