Regular price: $53.17

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – love a book or swap it for free
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $16.45/month
OR
In Basket

Publisher's Summary

Prepare to lose yourself in the enchanting new novel from Kate Morton. 

My father called me Birdie; he said I was his little bird. Others knew me as his child, the clockmaker’s daughter. Edward called me his muse, his destiny. I am remembered as a thief, an imposter, a girl who rose above her station, who was not chaste. My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows. 

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. 

Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. 

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets? 

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker's Daughter is a story of murder, mystery and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through it like a river is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.

©2018 Kate Morton (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    113
  • 4 Stars
    23
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    4

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    118
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    101
  • 4 Stars
    20
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    5
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lyn
  • 26-09-2018

Pacey and enjoyable

Found it a bit meandering at the start. a good story, great setting but perhaps not this writer's best. liked the focus on pre raphelites.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Busy Story But Ok

I found this story to be good but at times hard to follow. There were a lot of people with different stories to tell and at times I found it a bit too busy, finding myself getting lost.
The end still left me asking questions about some of the characters.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Unfaultable Delight

The perfect marriage - Kate Morton’s wonderful book with Joanne Froggatt’s clever narration. I have loved every moment of this audible edition, even opting to the use of earplugs whilst attending to daily chores. I think the equivalent of not being able to put the book down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful Story

A very uniquely structured story and fantastic for a relaxed listen. Joanne Froggatt also narrated beautifully, with distinctive voices and accents for each of the characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it!

This book was mesmerising and Joanne frigate just made my day! Best Aussie accents I’ve ever heard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best book

I work at a sewing machine all day and listening to books this one was pretty amazing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Shoebie
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 01-10-2018

Exquisite

Beautifully written and perfectly narrated. An absolute joy to listen to. I was completely transported to another world

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent entertainment.

This was an enchanting story beautifully narrated by Joanne Froggatt. She is an excellent narrator who makes the story come alive.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

beautiful but disappointing plot

the author’s style of writing was incapsulating - how she captured every character in detail and depth. but the plot wasnt worth listening +20hours to... in fact it was rather disappointing to become so involved in the lives and stories of so many characters, but not be provided with any character development, nor a satisfactory plot ending. the narrator’s performance was good, but also confusing at times due to the many “story tellers”.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully tied together

An author at the top of her game who has obviously enjoyed the time to craft this work.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • maxine
  • 21-09-2018

Good but feels rushed in the ending

I adore Kate Mortons books they make me cry, make me feel and normally I am bewitched by them. This book does not have the same appeal and I am so sorry. Joannes narration is as always amazing, but the story has too many stories within stories that never get resolved - maybe thats the intention but it does result in a constant flicking back and forth.

The concept is brilliant and the setting are part of my childhood so i so wanted to fall in love with this book - but honestly Kate Forsyths Beauty in Thorns by far addresses the era of art and photography more poignantly.

It is still a lovely book but just not on the same par of The Forgotten Garden and Kates previous books which I recommend constantly to friends.

I just didn't feel this book finished itself to many weird loose ends and lost focus somewhat

Still adore Kates writings

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ruth King
  • 09-11-2018

My least favourite of Kate Morton’s books

I love Kate Morton’s books and was so delighted to have a new one to read. But I almost put it aside by the time I got to chapter 20. But finally finished and then read it a second time. Just too many story lines to follow.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Theresa L
  • 08-11-2018

Not as good as her other books

While I did enjoy this book I found it wasn't as good as her other books. There were way too many characters in this one and I found myself getting confused as to who was who as she would flip times and characters fairly often. I also am not sure if I liked the ending or not, I felt like things were left undone in it. I love Kate Morton's books so am glad I read it, but wish she had done a few things differently in this one.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • The Chief
  • 25-10-2018

Kate Morton is back on my must read list.

I was so disappointed in The Lake House I wasn't sure I would buy this book I am so glad I did Loved the story and I was guessing until very close to the end