Andrew Caldecott was seized by the notion of a city-state hiding a cataclysmic secret while studying history at New College Oxford. After graduating, he went on to become one of the country's top QCs specialising in media, defamation and libel law. He represented the BBC in the Hutton Inquiry (into the death of biological warfare expert and UN weapons inspector David Kelly), the Guardian in the Leveson Inquiry (into the British press following the phone-hacking scandal), and supermodel Naomi Campbell in her landmark privacy case, amongst many others. This hasn't left him much time for writing, but the rich, layered world of Rotherweird has been nagging in the background of his mind for many years, and has at last burst into blossom, at once of-the-moment, historic and timeless. Rotherweird: 'A history-tragic-comedy all rolled into one', says Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, and 'baroque, Byzantine and beautiful,' according to M.R, Carey, author of The Girl with all the Gifts. Rotherweird will be followed by a sequel, Wyntertide.
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 winnerBaroque, Byzantine and beautiful - not to mention bold. An enthralling puzzle picture of a book - M.R. CAREY, bestselling author of The Girl With All the GiftsCompelling . . . the love child of Gormenghast and Hogwarts - Guardian on ROTHERWEIRDThis 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 on ROTHERWEIRDSublime . . . Call me greedy, but I'm already itching to return to Caldecott's universe - Irish Times on ROTHERWEIRDTruly, sinisterly magical. 10/10 - Starburst on ROTHERWEIRDI LOVE this book. It just did something to me. I was utterly immersed from page one . . . This is a novel of magnificence and detail, of science and nature - FANTASTICAL LIBRARY on ROTHERWEIRDWhat an enjoyable read! So vividly written, I could visualise every winding street and twisting chimney of Rotherweird . . . If you like Ben Aaronovitch, Neil Gaiman or Susanna Clarke, this book is for you! - BOOK GEEK GIRL on ROTHERWEIRD