A secret so dark is must never be rediscovered. A town where nobody can study its history. Now an Outsider has come - and his presence could upset everything . . . Welcome to Rotherweird.
'A book with special and dangerous properties' Hilary Mantel, bestselling author of WOLF HALL
'Enthralling' M.R. Carey, bestselling author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
'An imaginative tour de force' The Times
1558: Twelve children, gifted far beyond their years, are banished by their Tudor queen to the town of Rotherweird. Some say they are the golden generation; some say the devil's spawn. But everyone knows they are something to be revered - and feared.
Four and a half centuries on, cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I and still bound by its ancient laws, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.
Then an Outsider arrives, a man of unparallelled wealth and power, enough to buy the whole of Rotherweird - deeply buried secrets and all . . .
Welcome to Rotherweird.
'A remarkable achievement' Sunday Independent
A history-tragic-comedy all rolled into one, Rotherweird is intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book not unlike other books, but with special and dangerous properties. Line by line, silent and adroit, it opens a series of trap-doors in the reader's imagination - Hilary Mantel, two-time Man Booker prize winner
Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold. An enthralling puzzle picture of a book - M R Carey, author of the bestselling The Girl With All The Gifts
An imaginative tour de force - The Times
Compelling . . . the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts. - the Guardian
Sublime . . . Call me greedy, but I'm already itching to return to Caldecott's universe. - The Irish Times
One of this year's most anticipated debut novels - SFX
This novel is a remarkable achievement. It's also extremely funny, in a typically British sort of way . . . a delightful Harry Potter for grown ups - Sunday Independent
Truly, sinisterly magical. 10/10 - Starburst
Andrew Caldecott is a QC specialising in media law; he has represented a wide variety of clients, from the BBC and the Guardian to supermodel Naomi Campbell. An occasional playwright, he turned his hand to fiction when, informed by his love of history, which he studied at New College, Oxford, he was seized by the notion of a city-state hiding a cataclysmic secret. Wyntertide continues the story started in Rotherweird.