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The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell

The House of One Hundred Clocks

A.M. Howell

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 6 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781474959568

JUNE, 1905. Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are swept off to Cambridge when her father is appointed clock-winder to one of the wealthiest men in England. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop. But Helena discovers the house of one hundred clocks holds many mysteries... Can she work out its secrets before time runs out?

4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
29 Feb 2020

"If you want to get children off TikTok and into tick-tocks, it’s a good place to start"

Howell says she was inspired to write the book after a visit to Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds, where she became interested in the collection of clocks that had belonged to a local collector, Frederic Gershom Parkington. She relocated the story to Cambridge, where she has previously lived and worked. Howell occasionally overwrites, but plots well, and it is impossible not to be hooked by the secret notes, stolen winding keys and drama when the clocks stop. Is it due to ghostly interference, a death or complicated familial jealousy? The denouement references the Edwardian beginnings of female emancipation (a woman scorned) and the lot of the poor in this rich city as Helena attempts to bring the family together again.