Tick tock! Tick tock! Some stories are like that. Once you’ve wound them up, nothing will stop them…

A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour – and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, whom some say is the devil… Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter’s evening with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre – and unstoppable – way. Almost like clockwork… Like a strange and wonderful machine, this intricate tale cleverly brings its own cogs together to recreate what happened in a little German town one dark long-ago night…

“For those who want to read spooky stories this winter in front of a flickering fire, this story could hardly be bettered.” Independent

“Deeply satisfying and deserves to become a classic.” TES

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    Suspensive, creepy and unique, I loved it!!! We started reading it a school, but when I got home I downloaded it and read it in one day. Full of cliffhangers, I definitely recommend it for lovers of suspense.

    4 August 2015

  • This is unquestionably one of those books that you just can’t put down. With a cliff-hanger on every page, the suspense is at times, almost unbearable. Absolutely remarkable.

    7 March 2014

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    It is so interesting yet slightly Gothic and scary at the same time! A very original storyline. Amazing.

    17 October 2013

  • A nice original book with a great story line

    7 March 2013

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    itis is a very good book, we read it in class and I couldnt take my eyes out of it

    21 September 2012

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    Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman is probably the world’s most acclaimed living children’s author, best known for the trilogy of books known as His Dark Materials.


    Philip won the Nestle Smarties award for both Clockwork and The Firework Maker’s Daughter. Northern Lights was published in hardback in July 1995. That year, it won the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and was Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

    The Amber Spyglass won WHSmith Children’s Book of the Year 2000 at the British Book Awards, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and was longlisted for The Booker Prize 2001. Philip Pullman was voted Whitaker Author of the Year by the Booksellers Association. The Amber Spyglass went on to win both Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and Whitbread Book of the Year 2001 and in doing so became the first children’s book to win the main prize in the award’s history.

    Philip has also been recognised with two major awards for his contribution to literature: the Eleanor Farjeon award in 2002, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize in 2005.

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