When her parents die in a terrible tragedy, Neva is adopted by an eccentric clock and automata maker who devises a machine to help her when she discovers she has a gift that will prove to be as dangerous as it is desirable: she can predict the weather. Now Neva must find a way to disguise her true identity from those who would destroy her.
The rich and atmospheric new novel from prize-winning author Sally Gardner, set in the 18th century between the two great Frost Fairs.
Neva Friezland is born into a world of trickery and illusion, where fortunes can be won and lost on the turn of a card.
She is also born with an extraordinary gift. She can predict the weather. In Regency England, where the proper goal for a gentlewoman is marriage and only God knows the weather, this is dangerous. It is also potentially very lucrative.
In order to debate with the men of science and move about freely, Neva adopts a sophisticated male disguise. She foretells the weather from inside an automaton created by her brilliant clockmaker father.
But what will happen when the disguised Neva falls in love with a charismatic young man?
It can be very dangerous to be ahead of your time. Especially as a woman.
Praise for The Weather Woman:
'A historical story with a refreshingly modern twist, The Weather Woman paints an intriguing portrait of life in the early 1800's, and what it was like to be a woman way ahead of your time' Heat
'Magical storytelling... A fresh take on the Regency novel' Good Housekeeping
'Superbly written and wonderfully atmospheric... A triumph!' Caroline Lea, author of The Glass Woman
'Lashings of adventure, suspense, warmth and wonders... I was completely captivated' Amanda Craig, author of The Golden Rule
Praise for Sally Gardner:
'[A] dab hand at literary world-creation' Observer
'Rich and haunting historical fiction' The Bookseller
'A glorious love story, a spellbinding fable' Adele Parks
'A truly original voice' Spectator
'Sally Gardner has a rare ability to build worlds that are rich, strange and totally unique to her... A story that will enthral you from beginning to end' Absolutely South East