Pub Date 04 Jun 2019
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1558: Twelve children, gifted far beyond their years, are banished by their Tudor queen to the town of Rotherweird.
Some say they are the Golden Generation; some say the devil's spawn. But everyone knows they are to be revered--and feared. Four and a half centuries later, cast adrift from the rest of England by ElizabethI and still bound by its ancient laws, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: no one, but no one studies the town or its history.
Then an Outsider arrives, a man of unparalleled wealth and power, enough to buy the whole of Rotherweird--deeply buried secrets and all...
"A history-tragic-comedy all rolled into one, Rotherweird is intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book not unlike other books, but with special and dangerous properties. Line by line, silent and adroit, it opens a series of trap-doors in the reader's imagination."
--- Hilary Mantel, two-time Man Book prize winner and author of Wolf Hall
"Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful--not to mention bold. An enthralling puzzle picture of a book"
--- M. R. Carey, author of the best-selling The Girl With All the Gifts
"Compelling... the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts."
--- The Guardian