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The Watchman of Filigree Street

Natasha Pulley
2016, 318 p.

Natasha Pulley’s first novel is an intriguing, magical story set in the 19th century and containing elements of magic realism. When a bomb explodes at Scotland Yard, a mysterious gold pocket watch saves the life of Thaniel Steepleton, who works at the Whitehall telegraphy department in London. In his search for the watchmaker, Thaniel meets the eccentric Keito Mora, a lonely Japanese immigrant. Nothing in this book is as it seems. The various themes dance lightly through the story like the golden fireflies lighting up Mora’s garden. This story of friendship and love takes you from Japan to Victorian London, where everything comes together in an exciting finale. Read it and let yourself be led through this labyrinth of wonders.


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