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The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands

Sarah Brooks

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A breathtaking historical fantasy set onboard the Great Trans-Siberian Express
'I urge everybody to pick up a copy' STUART TURTON

'Be warned - once you step into The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands, you'll never want to disembark' SAMANTHA SHANNON

'Wild and wonderful . . . completely captivating' JENNIFER SAINT

'Mysterious and clever and brilliant' NATASHA PULLEY

It is said there is a price that every passenger must pay. A price beyond the cost of a ticket.

It is the end of the nineteenth century and the world is awash with marvels. But there is nothing so marvellous as the Wastelands: a terrain of terrible miracles that lies between Beijing and Moscow.

Nothing touches the Wastelands except the Great Trans-Siberian Express: an impenetrable train built to carry cargo across continents, but which now transports anyone who dares.

Onto the platform steps a curious cast of characters: Marya, a grieving woman with a borrowed name; Weiwei, a famous child born on the train; and Henry Grey, a disgraced naturalist.

But there are whispers that the train isn't safe. As secrets and stories begin to unravel, the passengers and crew must survive their journey together, even as something uncontrollable seems to be breaking in . . .
Imprint:   Orion
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   460g
ISBN:   9781399607544
ISBN 10:   1399607545
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Brooks won the Lucy Cavendish Prize in 2019. She works in East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds where she also helps run the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing. She has a PhD on monsters in classical Chinese ghost stories. She is also co-editor of Samovar, a bilingual online magazine for translated speculative fiction. Originally from Lancashire, she now lives in Leeds.

Reviews for The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands

I was completely transported by this book, lost in its world and mysteries, astounded by its beauty, and full of admiration for its humanity. I loved every second I spent with it, and urge everybody to pick up a copy. It's an astonishing journey -- STUART TURTON, bestselling author of THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE A journey both unnerving and powerful, which thunders along at breathtaking speed, abounding with mysteries and marvels. Be warned - once you step into The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands, you'll never want to disembark -- Samantha Shannon, author of THE BONE SEASON This is a wild and wonderful journey; gloriously imaginative and completely captivating. Rich in allure, intrigue and suspense, it's a ride that readers will never want to end -- Jennifer Saint, #1 bestselling author of ARIADNE The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wasteland is mysterious and clever and brilliant -- NATASHA PULLEY, bestselling author of THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET Exceptional. Strange, addictive, immersive, it's a steampunk Piranesi meets His Dark Materials -- Jennie Godfrey, author of THE LIST OF SUSPICIOUS THINGS I hugely enjoyed The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands; it's like a steampunk Solaris -- LAWRENCE NORFOLK, author of JOHN SATURNALL’S FEAST Asks us to reconsider our place within the natural world amid a backdrop of capitalism and empire. . . thrilling and transcendent -- RITA CHANG-EPPIG, author of DEEP AS THE SKY, RED AS THE SEA Richly imaginative, profoundly allegorical, and utterly propulsive, I loved THE CAUTIOUS TRAVELLER'S GUIDE TO THE WASTELANDS. With impeccable pacing and elegant storytelling, this novel is pure delight. Though all on the same train, each character takes a different journey and it is most marvellous to join in as they travel the Wastelands to reach their final destinations. Bravo! All aboard for a captivating and transformative adventure! -- MELISSA FU, author of PEACH BLOSSOM SPRING A spellbindingly original and totally engrossing book; I so much want to ride that train! -- SHARON BOLTON, author of THE FAKE WIFE I loved this book . . . deserves to become an instant classic -- EMMA KAVANAGH, author of TO CATCH A KILLER Exciting . . . Imagine a crossover between Murder on the Orient Express, Game of Thrones and Paradise Lost . . . Brooks has serious talent * Sunday Times * If you haven't got it at the top of your pile yet, we suggest you move it on up. You'll be thinking about this one long after you've put it down * Glamour *

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