The Lost Future of Pepperharrow (Hardcover)

By Natasha Pulley

Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781635573305, 512pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 2020

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Natasha Pulley's Watchmaker of Filigree Street captivated readers with its charming blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and steampunk. Now, Pulley revisits her beloved characters in a sequel that sweeps readers off to Japan in the 1880s, where nationalism is on the rise and ghosts roam the streets.

1888. Five years after they met in The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Thaniel Steepleton, an unassuming translator, and Keita Mori, the watchmaker who remembers the future, are traveling to Japan. Thaniel has received an unexpected posting to the British legation in Tokyo, and Mori has business that is taking him to Yokohama.

Thaniel's brief is odd: the legation staff have been seeing ghosts, and Thaniel's first task is to find out what's really going on. But while staying with Mori, he starts to experience ghostly happenings himself. For reasons Mori won't--or can't--share, he is frightened. Then he vanishes.

Meanwhile, something strange is happening in a frozen labor camp in Northern Japan. Takiko Pepperharrow, an old friend of Mori's, must investigate.

As the weather turns bizarrely electrical and ghosts haunt the country from Tokyo to Aokigahara forest, Thaniel grows convinced that it all has something to do with Mori's disappearance--and that Mori may be in serious danger.

About the Author

Natasha Pulley studied English Literature at Oxford University. After stints working at Waterstones as a bookseller, then at Cambridge University Press as a publishing assistant in the astronomy and maths departments, she did the Creative Writing MA at UEA. She has recently returned from Tokyo, where she lived for nineteen months on a scholarship from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is her first novel.

Praise For The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

“Phenomenal … Pulley's intricate plot, vibrant setting, entrancing magic, and dynamic ensemble of characters make for an un-put-downable historical fantasy. New readers will be pulled in and series fans will be delighted by this tour de force.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Atmospheric and compelling. I wept multiple times and resented every moment I wasn't reading it.” —Mary Robinette Kowal, author of THE CALCULATING STARS

“Pulley's witty writing and enthusiastically deployed steampunk motifs-clockwork, owls, a mechanical pet, Tesla-inspired electrical drama-enliven.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An epic journey . . . Pulley adroitly departs from the historical record to make the Peruvian story her own, turning it into a work of magic realism.” —The New York Times Book Review on THE BEDLAM STACKS

“Pulley's second novel demonstrates that the imagination she showed in her impressive debut was no fluke.” —Starred review, Kirkus Reviews on THE BEDLAM STACKS

“Entrancing.” —Starred review, Publishers Weekly on THE BEDLAM STACKS

“Again Pulley mixes supernatural intrigue, politics, and romance to create an absorbing adventure.” —Booklist

“Humor, wit, mystery and danger are threaded through the book in musical measure. It dances between genres and makes partners of several . . . There's nothing quite like putting down a delightful, relentlessly charming and deeply moving book and then finding out it's the author's first . . . Remarkable.” —Los Angeles Times on THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET

“Assured and absorbing . . . immensely pleasurable reading. Pulley's prose is strong and energetic, with a wry edge, and even the most minor characters are drawn precisely.” —The New York Times Book Review on THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET

“Enchanting . . . A rich brew of historical fantasy, philosophy and emotion.” —The Washington Post on THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET