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The House of One Hundred Clocks

A.M. Howell


  • History Time - blasts from the past
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5 out 5

From the bestselling author of The Garden of Lost Secrets comes a thrilling new mystery filled with ticking secrets and gripping adventure, set against an Edwardian backdrop of invention and change. JUNE, 1905. Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are swept off to Cambridge when her father is appointed clock-winder to one of the wealthiest men in England. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop. Soon Helena discovers the house of one hundred clocks holds many mysteries; a ghostly figure, strange notes and stolen winding keys... Can she work out the house's secrets before time runs out? ""Howell is a hypnotically readable writer, who keeps the pulse racing, while allowing every character slowly to unravel."" The Telegraph ""Fans of Emma Carroll will adore this historical tale of derring-do and righted wrongs."" The Times on The Garden of Lost Secrets


I found it really hard to engage with this story. I therefore didnt finish it


Beautiful language and description of Cambridge city at the turn of the century made this book an interesting but not too engaging read. Would recommend to children with an interest in historical fiction.


Great historical fiction with plenty of suspense and mystery. I really loved how the plot came together at the end. Also fell in love with Orbit!


A fantastic mystery story set in Edwardian Cambridge, with lots of twists and turns. A great read which I would recommend to 9+ readers.


I liked the idea of a young female protagonist, and the links to burgeoning industrialisation and scientific discovery. I though that Boy is an interesting narrative hook for young people too. I’d recommend this to readers of fantasy type books who are looking to widen their reading experience.


I really enjoyed this book. I have actively sought out books with clocks or clockwork since reading Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are such well-rounded characters and you just want the, to solve the mystery of the clocks. Great writing about family relationships, morality and lots of little twists and turns.


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