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The Clockmaker's Daughter


Book Description:

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.

Why our staff love The Clockmaker's Daughter:

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.