Rotherweird - Andrew Caldecott


By Andrew Caldecott

  • Release Date: 2017-04-25
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 64 Ratings


'Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties' - Hilary Mantel

The town of Rotherweird stands alone - there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused.

But secrets have a way of leaking out.

Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local and nothing before 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town's long-derelict Manor House.

Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present, until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time - and each other. The consequences will be lethal and apocalyptic.

Welcome to Rotherweird!

'Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold' M.R. Carey

'Compelling . . . the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts' Guardian


  • Wonderful

    By Meltemi13
    It’s a cliche I know, but I truly could not put this down. Engaging characters and a rollicking plot that never lets up. Write more. Write much more please.
  • Rotherweird is rather weird

    By Vixxen153
    The most intriguing book I've read in years. The whole story from start to finish has you questioning everything you've just read and even has you going back to make sure you read it right. Can't wait to read the next one.
  • Good idea poorly executed

    By Jond99
    This book is literally all over the place. A good story is littered with over complications making it a difficult read. Wouldn't really recommend although it is very different to most other books.
  • Great

    By SEMJ6
    This book was very enjoyable and imaginative. It was spoiled only by a lot of issues with layout of the text with random line breaks mid-sentence and where unusual fonts were used they rendered so small compared to the font unsed elsewhere that they were illegible without enlarging the text size. It would be nice to see these problems fixed. In spite of them I will be looking forward to the next instalment.
  • Brilliant

    By BBC news user