SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE’S ENCORE AWARD 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE 2018
In uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a mysterious forest. Deep within are cinchona trees, whose bark yields the only known treatment for malaria.
In 1859, across the Pacific, India is ravaged by the disease. In desperation, the India Office dispatches the injured expeditionary Merrick Tremayne to Bedlam, under orders to return with cinchona cuttings. But there he meets Raphael, an enigmatic priest who is the key to a secret which will prove more valuable than they could ever have imagined.
‘A sheer fantastical delight’ The Times
‘Epic’ New York Times
‘An immense treat’ Observer Books of the Year
‘A fast-paced adventure story’ i
‘Magical‘ Sunday Express
WINNER OF A BETTY TRASK AWARD 2016
SHORTLISTED FOR THE AUTHORS’ CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2016
FINALIST FOR THE LOCUS FIRST NOVEL AWARD 2016
In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. 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 Japanese immigrant. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library, 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.
An International Bestseller / A Guardian Summer Read / An Amazon Best Book of the Month / A Goodreads Best Book of the Month / A Buzzfeed Summer Read / A Foyles Book of the Month / A Huffington Post Summer Read / A Yorkshire Post Book of the Week