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Rotherweird Audiobook

Rotherweird

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Publisher's Summary

Rotherweird is a twisted, arcane murder-mystery with shades of Deborah Harkness, Hope Mirrlees and 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!

©2017 Andrew Caldecott (P)2017 WF Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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)

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  • elly gausden
    London, United Kingdom
    27/06/17
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    "Unbearably tedious"

    I couldn't finish it. Doesn't happen often, as I usually plough on to the end even if I'm not loving it. But I didn't like any of the characters, the plot was barely there and while I'll admit I kind of want to know what happened in the end, I really couldn't stand the idea of putting up with the dullness to find out.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • D. Menashy
    Bushey, London United Kingdom
    15/07/17
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    "Weird? Rather..."

    Enjoyed this one - sort of Gormenghast meets Neverwhere. Very well narrated.

    Loads of weird and dark happenings occur to interesting and well-written characters in and around a strangely-disconnected English town.

    I did think the ending dragged on a bit and could have been pared back a little, so at the risk of outstaying my own welcome I'll leave it there...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daniela Crouch
    4/08/17
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    "What a shame..."

    Listened to this on holiday and was disappointed. A book too in love with its own pretentious intellectualism. Yet with all its ideas, there's hardly a plot, the characters aren't developed well and sometimes I had to laugh out loud by how little cohesion there was. A shame really, it did have a lot of potential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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