Things You Didn’t Know About UK Debut Author Paul Witcover
by September on Feb 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm
Yesterday, we published lots of brilliant titles including Paul Witcover’s amazing new book The Emperor of All Things. A story in which a pocket watch with the power to alter the course of history creates havoc in a re-imagined 18th-century world, Paul Witcover’s thrilling historical fantasy book is sure to strike a chord with readers of Susanna Clarke, Phillip Pullman and Neal Stephenson.
In light of publishing The Emperor of All Things in hardback, we thought we’d share some interesting facts about the awesome author, Paul Witcover, with you. So, while we eat a slice of yummy publication day cake, here are four unusual facts you didn’t know about this wonderful writer:
- Paul Witcover’s father, Jules, is a journalist who was only steps away from Bobby Kennedy when he was shot.
- Paul flew on the first commercial jet flight between Paris and New York.
- He’s clumsily fallen off a mountain twice . . . and lived.
- And finally, Daniel Quare, the central character of The Emperor of All Things, is based on a real historical figure and member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
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1758. England is embroiled in a globe-spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond. Across the Channel, the French prepare for an invasion — an invasion rumored to be led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie. It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn. Yet behind these dramatic scenes, another war is raging – a war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself…Daniel Quare is a journeyman in an ancient guild, The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. He is also a Regulator, part of an elite network within the guild devoted to searching out and claiming for England’s exclusive use any horological innovation that could give them an upperhand, whether in business or in war. Just such a mission has brought Quare to the London townhouse of eccentric collector, Lord Wichcote. He seeks a pocket watch rumoured to possess seemingly impossible properties that are more to do with magic than with any science familiar to Quare or to his superiors. And the strange
timepiece has attracted the attention of others as well: the mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin, and a deadly French spy who stop at nothing to bring the prize back to his masters. Soon Quare finds himself on a dangerous trail of intrigue and murder that leads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods, in which nothing is as it seems . . . time least of all.
Born in Zurich, Paul Witcover is a writer and critic and, with Elizabeth Hand, created the cult comic book series Anima. He has served as the curator of the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series and his work has also appeared on HBO. He lives in New York City and is currently working on the sequel to The Emperor of All Things.
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