A present day / historical fantasy loan from Hazel, which, together with the follow up, Wyntertide, provided a fun read after the more sombre The Garden of Evening Mists.
Jonah Oblong is an Outsider, hired to teach Modern History – 1800 onwards only – at Rotherweird school.
Rotherweird is an independent and isolated rural enclave, a train ride from central London.
Oblong discovers a mediaeval-eqsue market town, complete with an Olde Englande architecture and economy, Heath Robinson inventions and inventors, both eccentric and scientific, surrounded and supported by a Darling Buds of May-eque Countryside – and becomes embroiled in a plot that races along powered by large dollops of magic and mystery, murder and mayhem.
Publisher page: Rotherweird – Andrew Caldecott