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The Weather Woman
10 Nov 2022 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781786695246

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.

Fiction / FV (Historical Fiction)
Extent: 496 pages
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Also by Sally Gardner
The Weather Womanby Sally Gardner

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

Sally Gardner gained a first class degree at a leading London art college and became a successful theatre costume designer before illustrating and writing books. Her debut novel, I, Coriander won the Nestle Gold Award and she is also a Costa and Carnegie prize-winner. Her books have been translated all over the world and have sold over two million copies. Find Sally online at sallygardner.co.uk, or on Twitter @TheSallyGardner.

Multi-award-winning author who has been consistently praised for her world-building and storytelling.

Alongside huge success on the children's side, Sally has written multiple novels for an adult audience, including The Snow Song, which received rave reviews from Simon Mayo and Adele Parks.

Atmospheric and gripping fiction, perfect for fans of fantasy and historical fiction alike.

MARKET: Bridget Collins; Jessie Burton; Cari Thomas; Caroline Lea; Imogen Edwards-Jones.


'This is a fresh take on the Regency novel' Good Housekeeping

'A historical story with a refreshingly modern twist, The Weather Woman paints an intriguing portrait of life in the early 1800s' Heat

'Rich, bold and original' Financial Times

'A heady cocktail of science and illusion, sexual identity, cross dressing and female empowerment, deliciously laced with pathos and occasional humour' Sunday Post

'Wildly inventive... This imaginative take on Regency London has a delightfully warm heart' The Times

'Beguiling tale of science and the supernatural... It's a historical romance imbued with a modern sensibility and a magical sense of place' Mail on Sunday

'Full of life and colour, with just a leavening of fantasy in describing Neva's gift, The Weather Woman is a delight' Sunday Times

'Gardner's seductive historical novel brings together some tantalising ingredients, among them frost fairs on the Thames, automatons and sophisticated disguises' Observer

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