The Lost Future of PepperharrowNatasha Pulley
This captivating sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street takes readers to 1880s Japan, where nationalism is on the rise, ghosts roam the streets, and Keita Mori is missing.
1888. Five years after they met in The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Thaniel Steepleton, an unassuming translator, and Keita Mori, the watchmaker who remembers the future, are traveling to Japan. Thaniel has received an unexpected posting to the British legation in Tokyo, and Mori has business that is taking him to Yokohama.
Thaniel’s brief is odd: the legation staff have been seeing ghosts, and Thaniel’s first task is to find out what’s really going on. But while staying with Mori, he starts to experience ghostly happenings himself. For reasons Mori won’t - or can’t - share, he is frightened. Then he vanishes.
Meanwhile, something strange is happening in a frozen labor camp in Northern Japan. Takiko Pepperharrow, an old friend of Mori’s, must investigate.
As the weather turns bizarrely electrical and ghosts haunt the country from Tokyo to Aokigahara forest, Thaniel grows convinced that it all has something to do with Mori’s disappearance - and that Mori may be in serious danger.
Natasha Pulley studied English Literature at Oxford University and earned a creative writing M.A. at the University of East Anglia. Pulley lives in Tokyo. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is her first novel.