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The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers

Samuel Burr

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Orion
01 April 2024

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Clayton Stumper was abandoned as a baby on the doorstop of a crumbling but grand mansion inhabited by a hodgepodge of eccentric people, who collectively raise him. He loves his family and is indispensable as they age and need a younger person to take on the practicalities of running everyday life for them. They have other things to do, being amongst the finest puzzle makers in Britain – renowned crossword compilers, jigsaw makers, maze creators, gadget creators – although the originator of the Fellowship, Pippa Allsbrook, is his adoptive mother, and the person he loves the most. Having grown up amongst such eccentrics, Clayton is himself a bit of an oddity, so when Pippa dies and leaves clues as to his real identity, he has to leave behind everything he is comfortable with and venture into the wider world… A charming book with split timelines, and if it's one of those comfortable reads that isn't as challenging as the puzzlers themselves, then it's also the perfect anecdote for a dull weekend! Lindy

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'Utterly beautiful. I adored it' JOANNA CANNON

'Hugely uplifting and wonderful' AJ PEARCE

'A ripping yarn full of warmth and wonder' BETH MORREY

Sometimes finding your place in the world is the greatest puzzle of all...

Clayton Stumper is an enigma.

He might be twenty-five years old, but he dresses like your grandad and drinks sherry like your aunt.

Abandoned at birth on the steps of the Fellowship of Puzzlemakers, he was raised by the sharpest minds in the British Isles and finds himself amongst the last survivors of a fading institution.

When the esteemed crossword compiler, Pippa Allsbrook, passes away, she bestows her final puzzle to him: a promise to reveal the mystery of his parentage and prepare him for his future.

Yet as Clay begins to unpick the clues, he uncovers something even the Fellowship have never been able to solve - and it's a secret that will change everything...
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Readers are loving The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers!

'Absolutely wonderful. A beautiful story of love and friendship'

'Quirky and joyful. A delight to read with lovely characters'

'A charming tale. Original and uplifting and an absolute ode to not just friendship but fellowship'

'Such a joyful book. A unique storyline, the characters are wonderful and it's really uplifting'

'Truly, the most joyous of books!'

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Imprint:   Orion
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   460g
ISBN:   9781398712317
ISBN 10:   1398712310
Pages:   368
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Samuel Burr is a TV producer who has worked on popular factual shows including the BAFTA-nominated Secret Life of 4-Year-Olds. Samuel's writing was selected for Penguin's WriteNow scheme and in 2021 he graduated from the Faber Academy. He previously studied at Westminster Film School.

Reviews for The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Clayton Stumper was abandoned as a baby on the doorstop of a crumbling but grand mansion inhabited by a hodgepodge of eccentric people, who collectively raise him. He loves his family and is indispensable as they age and need a younger person to take on the practicalities of running everyday life for them. They have other things to do, being amongst the finest puzzle makers in Britain – renowned crossword compilers, jigsaw makers, maze creators, gadget creators – although the originator of the Fellowship, Pippa Allsbrook, is his adoptive mother, and the person he loves the most. Having grown up amongst such eccentrics, Clayton is himself a bit of an oddity, so when Pippa dies and leaves clues as to his real identity, he has to leave behind everything he is comfortable with and venture into the wider world… A charming book with split timelines, and if it's one of those comfortable reads that isn't as challenging as the puzzlers themselves, then it's also the perfect anecdote for a dull weekend! Lindy


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