The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399607537

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fantasy

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A breathtaking historical fantasy set onboard the Great Trans-Siberian Express, perfect for fans of Piranesi, Babel, The Night Circus and Jessie Burton – available to preorder now!

‘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 . . .

Reviews

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
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
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wasteland is mysterious and clever and brilliant
NATASHA PULLEY, bestselling author of THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET
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
A spellbindingly original and totally engrossing book; I so much want to ride that train!
SHARON BOLTON, author of THE FAKE WIFE
Exceptional. Strange, addictive, immersive, it's a steampunk Piranesi meets His Dark Materials
Jennie Godfrey, author of THE LIST OF SUSPICIOUS THINGS
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 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
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
I loved this book . . . deserves to become an instant classic
EMMA KAVANAGH, author of TO CATCH A KILLER