Immortality is a gift, freely bestowed, not something that can be stolen.
When workmen uncover a priceless hoard of jewels in London in 1912, most of it is bought by the London Museum. The brightest of all the jewels is a watch carved from a single emerald. Its origin is a mystery. In 1642, Fien’s father, an Antwerp art collector, is murdered by Lord Lindsey who ransacks his collection at the behest of King Charles I of England. She escapes and, disguised as a boy, flees on a pirate ship, The Odyssey, captained by an enigmatic red-haired woman. Fien tells her of the emerald watch her father always wore around his neck, and is shocked to hear it could be the fabled Immortality Clock, which bestows eternal life on its wearer. From Antwerp to the Persian Gulf, Fien and the misfit crew of The Odyssey must overcome storms and tragedy to get to England in pursuit of Lindsey. When they finally arrive, what confronts them in beyond their imagination.
Twelve-year-old Tillmann has been dreaming about his mother Kate since she died. But one morning something changes, and he becomes convinced she’s still alive. He persuades his father, Nairne, that they should look for her. This is the beginning of a journey across Britain, and through the past, for father and son, which takes them from London to Cambridge to Yorkshire, and then, finally, to Scotland.
When father and son reach their final destination, a sequence of events unfolds which makes Nairne question if anything Kate ever told him was the truth. Leaves him wondering if his entire life has been one big lie. And leaves him having to make a decision that could change his and Tillmann’s lives forever.
Birdie Bowers is a woman with a dead man’s name. Her parents had been fascinated by Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers, one of Captain Scott’s companions on his ill-fated polar expedition. A hundred years after the death of Bowers and Scott, she sets out to discover what really happened to them… The discovery of Captain Scot’s body in the Antarctic in November 1912 started a global obsession with him as a man and an explorer. But one mystery remains – why did he and his companions spend their last ten days in a tent only 11 miles from the safety of a depot that promised food and shelter?
Dead Men tells the story of two paths. One is a tragic journey of exploration on the world’s coldest continent, the other charts a present-day relationship and the redemptive power of love.
Nominated for The Guardian First Book Award in 2012.
London. A series of murders. All redheads. All young. All women.
A classical painting disappears after every murder.
Only one man can solve these mysteries. The old man Tettig, disappearing and reappearing, losing his memory whenever he travels through time. He sees ghosts. One of them is the woman he loves. He must travel again to save her.
He must find his way home or he will be lost forever.
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He’s running away from Thatcher’s England; she’s determined to save Eastern Europe from war. They meet on the Milan to Rome train. She seduces him, promises him a sexual adventure free of emotional ties. When they get to Rome she inadvertently lets slip some of her past, an uncomfortable truth. Tempted by her beauty and by promises of sexual adventure, he journeys through Italy with her, until, after a night of unparalleled passion in Pompeii, she disappears.
When they meet again in Dubrovnik a year later, she finally reveals her past, and the one thing she must do to stop a civil war in Yugoslavia. Obsessed, he pledges to help her, with potentially disastrous consequences.