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Wyntertide

Rotherweird Book II

By Andrew Caldecott

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An ancient plot centuries in the making is about to come to fruition - and this time the good guys might not win . . .

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

The town of Rotherweird, made independent from the rest of England by Queen 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.

Biographical Notes

Andrew Caldecott was seized by the notion of a city-state hiding a cataclysmic secret while studying history at New College Oxford. After graduating, he went on to become one of the country's top QCs specialising in media, defamation and libel law. He represented the BBC in the Hutton Inquiry (into the death of biological warfare expert and UN weapons inspector David Kelly), the Guardian in the Leveson Inquiry (into the British press following the phone-hacking scandal), and supermodel Naomi Campbell in her landmark privacy case, among many others. This hasn't left him much time for writing, but the rich, layered world of Rotherweird has been nagging in the background of his mind for many years, and has at last burst into blossom, at once of-the-moment, historic and timeless. Rotherweird is followed by a sequel, Wyntertide, both published by Jo Fletcher Books.

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  • ISBN: 9781784298029
  • Publication date: 03 May 2018
  • Page count: 400
  • 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, bestselling author of The Girl With All the Gifts
Compelling . . . the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts — Guardian on ROTHERWEIRD
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 on ROTHERWEIRD
Sublime . . . Call me greedy, but I'm already itching to return to Caldecott's universe — Irish Times on ROTHERWEIRD

Truly, sinisterly magical. 10/10

— Starburst on ROTHERWEIRD
I LOVE 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 on ROTHERWEIRD

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 on ROTHERWEIRD

Highly recommended, I think novel will eventually be viewed as a modern classic

— The Eloquent Page on ROTHERWEIRD
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 — Guardian on ROTHERWEIRD
Sublime . . . Call me greedy, but I'm already itching to return to Caldecott's universe — Irish Times on ROTHERWEIRD
Truly, sinisterly magical. 10/10 — Starburst on ROTHERWEIRD
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 on ROTHERWEIRD
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
I LOVE 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
Highly recommended, I think novel will eventually be viewed as a modern classic — The Eloquent Page
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