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Rotherweird

By Andrew Caldecott
Illustrated by Sasha Laika

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'A history-tragic-comedy all rolled into one,' says WOLF HALL author Hilary Mantel, 'An enthralling puzzle-picture of a book' (M.R. Carey), perfect for fans of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and Gormenghast with a dash of Neil Gaiman and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

'Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties' Hilary Mantel

'Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold' M.R. Carey

'Compelling ... the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts' the Guardian

Rotherweird is twisted, arcane murder-mystery with shades of Hope Mirrlees, Ben Aaronovitch, Mervyn Peake and Edward Gorey at their disturbing best.

The town of Rotherweird stands alone - there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused.

But secrets have a way of leaking out.

Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local and nothing before 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town's long-derelict Manor House.

Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present, until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time - and each other. The consequences will be lethal and apocalyptic.

Welcome to Rotherweird!

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  • ISBN: 9781784297619
  • Publication date: 18 May 2017
  • Page count: 480
  • Imprint: Jo Fletcher Books
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, two-time Man Booker prize winner
Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold. An enthralling puzzle picture of a book — M R Carey, author of the bestselling The Girl With All The Gifts
Compelling . . . the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts. — the Guardian
Sublime . . . Call me greedy, but I'm already itching to return to Caldecott's universe. — The Irish Times
One of this year's most anticipated debut novels — SFX
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 — Sunday Independent
Truly, sinisterly magical. 10/10 — Starburst
A great introduction to its strange and mesmerising world, and a feat of imagination, packed with ideas and extraordinary people. It's well worth the visit. — SciFiNow
This is a twisty, hilarious, magical story crammed full of intricate characters and nefarious plots — The Little Squid
I LOVED this book. It just did something to me. I was utterly immersed from page one . . . This is a novel of magnificence and detail, of science and nature — Fantastical Library
Assured and ambitious . . . deeply impressive debut — Nick Curtis, Evening Standard on Higher than Babel
Vivid and absorbing and grapples with big ideas without being dry, difficult or patronising — Sarah Hemming, Financial Times on Higher than Babel
What an enjoyable read! So vividly written, I could visualise every winding street and twisting chimney of Rotherweird . . . If you like Ben Aaronovitch, Neil Gaiman or Susanna Clarke, this book is for you! — Book Geek Girl
If J. K. Rowling had given Jasper Fforde permission to document a decade of derring-do in Diagon Alley, the result would read rather like Rotherweird — Tor.com
A quirky portal fantasy peppered with singular names . . . Top marks for inventiveness — Speculative Herald
This is an immensely enjoyable, Gothic(ish) / steampunk/ Gormanghast-esque romp with Dickensian overtones. Rotherweird itself is a great imaginative creation . . . A fun, often funny, exciting and highly readable story. Get it now — Blue Balloon
Highly recommended, I think novel will eventually be viewed as a modern classic — The Eloquent Page
One of the most appealing and fascinating books I've read in some time now. There is darkness and humour here together with invention and originality. For me there are echoes of the work of both Mervyn Peake and Neil Gaiman here — Books and More Books
This is quite possibly the best fantasy novel I have read this year. — Silvia Kay on YouTube
The writing is a true pleasure . . . an airy, yet incisive quality; a purposeful dreaminess; images that stick with me, yet prose that does not labor to describe — Strange Horizons
A highly unusual book, a kind of portal fantasy/historical fantasy/contemporary urban fantasy blend. It reminds me most of Robert Holdstock or Charles de Lint, though less ominous in tone than either — The Review Curmudgeon
Unusual, mannered, quirky — Library Thing
A fun blend of absurdist humour, creepy peril and fecund magic to be found here — Press Reader
History, fantasy, tragedy and comedy collide in new and unusual ways, to create a novel that is full of intrigue and mystery — The Book Muse
Rotherweird definitely delivered. The flippant way to describe it would be as a Midsomer Murders episode as told by Jeff VanderMeer with a touch of Agatha Christie. That doesn't do it justice though because joking aside it's a very good book. — Stefen’s Books
I loved the blend of past, present and other worlds. I loved the characters, the intricate plotting and the playfulness with words, English and Latin — Boffins Books
The kind of book that is so glorious you'll want to talk to your friends about it for days afterwards ... often extremely funny, and so richly textured with characters so expertly drawn you'll being to wonder if a real town called Rotherweird might not actually exist ... Truly, sinisterly magical. — Starburst
Sublime . . . Call me greedy, but I'm already itching to return to Caldecott's universe. — The Irish Times
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Mats Strandberg
Authors:
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On the Baltic Sea, no one can hear you scream. A summer thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King and John Ajvide Linqvist.Tonight 1200 expectant passengers have joined the booze cruise between Sweden and Finland. The big old ship travels this route, back and forth, every day of the year. This time, the passengers include a lonely old woman seeking adventure, a washed-up pop star reduced to running karaoke evenings, the twelve-year-old cousins who were best friends before a family secret came between them, and the security guards who are trying to control the daily chaos on board.But this time is going to be different.In the middle of the night the ferry is suddenly cut off from the outside world. There is nowhere to escape. There is no way to contact the mainland. And no one knows who they can trust. Relationships are about to be tested. Ordinary people are forced to become heroes. But what happens this night can also bring out the worst in people. Welcome aboard the Baltic Charisma.

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Wyntertide

Andrew Caldecott
Authors:
Andrew Caldecott

'Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties,' Hilary Mantel said of Rotherweird, the first book in the series; M.R. Carey called it 'Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold'.The town of Rotherweird, independent from the rest of England since Elizabeth I, has resumed its abnormal normality after a happy ending to the travails of summer.But is it really all over?Disturbing omens multiply: a funeral delivers a cryptic warning; an ancient portrait speaks; the Herald disappears - and democracy threatens the covenant between town and countryside. An intricate plot, centuries in the making, is on the move.Everything is pointing to one objective: the resurrection of Rotherweird's dark Elizabethan past, and to one date: the Winter Equinox.In Rotherweird, nothing and nobody are quite what they seem.Wyntertide is a twisted, arcane mystery with shades of Deborah Harkness, Kate Mosse, Hope Mirrlees, Ben Aaronovitch, Mervyn Peake and Edward Gorey at their disturbing best.

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Authors:
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