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The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Clockmaker's Daughter 8

by Kate Morton
Publication Date: 12/09/2018
4/5 Rating 8 Reviews

Kate Morton's highly acclaimed novels have sold over 11 million copies worldwide and are number one bestsellers around the world.

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 on the banks of the Upper Thames. 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 one hundred and fifty 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 its pages 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.

Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson:

Kate Morton is one of Australia’s most treasured storytellers and for good reason, writing beautiful stories that are filled with drama and intrigue. The arrival of a brand new Kate Morton book is always a cause for celebration, and when that book is as good as The Clockmaker’s Daughter it’s a booklover's dream come true.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a simply bewitching story full of the mystery and romance that Morton fans have come to know and love. In the summer of 1862, tragedy strikes a group of bohemian artists on a creative retreat at Birchwood Manor in London. The secrets of that sorrowful summer are unearthed over 150 years later by archivist Elodie Winslow, a young woman who is determined to uncover the truth.

Lovers of Morton's previous bestsellers like The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden can rest easy knowing that she has given us another captivating mystery that is impossible to put down. Dreamy prose, lush landscapes, and fascinating characters combine to create a reading experience that is truly like no other in The Clockmaker’s Daughter, a book that I'm sure is going to become a fan favourite.

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Kate Morton

Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth- century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels.

Kate Morton's books have sold over 11 million copies worldwide. The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper and The Lake House have all been number one bestsellers around the world.

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  • Loving it!

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    I haven't finished it yet but as with the previous book of Kate's that I read about a year ago, it captured me from the first phrase and I'm just engrossed in it! The tantalising mystery is slowly unfolding!

  • I love Kate Morton's books

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    I have read all of Kate Morton's books to date, so when I saw this one arrive, I had to have it. I wasn't disappointed. As with her books, the story often jumps from one era to another, but I really enjoyed reading it and will re-read it sometime.

  • Geneology, research, history, it!

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    I must admit I have all of Kate Morton's books and I love them all. I find I have to re-read the beginning chapters so I can place all the characters later on in the book, as the chapters hop from one era to another, but this is what I find so intriguing - like trying to do your family history! Anyone who loves research or keeping records will love this book

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