The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • by Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by Thomas Judd
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the listener on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles longstanding traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.


What the Critics Say

"Clairvoyance, Victorian setting, beautifully drawn characters." (Samantha Shannon)
"Electrifying... a triumph of speculative fiction. It captures the frenetic energy of a world undergoing extraordinary changes... Pulley expertly employs the tools of mystery and fantasy to examine the social pressures faced by the marginalized... The heart of the story is the universal human quest for acceptance, understanding, and love." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

An enchanting read

What a lovely gentle book. Not my usual kind of book so the author and narrator were new to me. However I will definitely look out for them again! The characters were well drawn and engaging. The narrator voiced them all beautifully and the story was fairy tail perfect.
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- anne

A little gem

What made the experience of listening to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street the most enjoyable?

The story is very good, but flags in places and the ending very very rushed - but I found the performance by Thomas Judd to be excellent - much more subtle accents than usually provided which underlined a key plot-line - very well done indeed.

What other book might you compare The Watchmaker of Filigree Street to, and why?

The premise is a bit science-fiction, but because of the West to Japanese cultural exploration, the 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the relationship between Grace Carrow and Matsumoto, particularly the early scenes in Oxford.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sadness of Grace when she realised her hopes and dreams may get dashed.

Any additional comments?

Can't believe it's a debut novel!

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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury