Book Week Scotland: Watchmaking and Bedlam with Natasha Pulley
Discover author Natasha Pulley as she visits AK Bell Library
Natasha Pulley studied English Literature at Oxford University. After working as a bookseller at Waterstones, then at Cambridge University Press as a publishing assistant in the astronomy and maths departments, she did the Creative Writing MA at UEA. Her highly acclaimed debut, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, was a historical fantasy thriller set in atmospheric, smoggy Victorian London and Japan, which features a mysterious Japanese watchmaker who can ‘remember the future’, a feisty young female physicist and a clockwork octopus called Katsu.
Her new novel, The Bedlam Stacks, is set mainly in Peru, where Merrick Tremayne has been sent by the India Office to collect some samples from the fiercely guarded cinchona trees which are the source of the quinine so desperately needed to combat malaria. But mysteries abound in the holy town of Bedlam, on the edge of the forest, where the statues appear to move and to enter means certain death, while the priest Raphael, ostensibly there to guide Merrick, seems to have an agenda all of his own…