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Publisher Description

'A truly hypnotic tale that is bound to please both fans and newcomers, The Clockmaker's Daughter is another wonderful read from one of Australia's most beloved authors.' - Booktopia 

'Morton explores the tangled history of people and place in her outstanding, bittersweet sixth novel.' - US Publisher's Weekly

'The Clockmaker's Daughter is an ambitious, complex, compelling historical mystery with a fabulous cast of characters. This is Kate Morton at her very best.' - Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of The Nightingale

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.

Fiction & Literature
12 September
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Poor reader ,

Lame ending

Interesting story with many twists. I found myself skipping parts I found 'too wordy' but enjoying other sections. After such a long read I was stunned with the fast ending leaving you wondering about various characters.

BC not ,

Loved other books but not this one

As someone else said too wordy. Too confusing as well

cwr2u ,

Could do with better ending

Love Morton's books. Read them all. Even though they are of similar ilk, I find her characters and storytelling capturing. However I felt let down with the ending of The Clockmakers Daughter. The fate of several of the main characters is left in limbo. Still dont know who sent Jack! However the main story ended well.

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