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The Clockwork Woman

17/06/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Claire Bott's new 'Timehunter' novel blends Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' story with 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman' by Shelley's mother, Mary Wollstonecraft.

And also in, details of the latest Timehunter novel ...

Honoré and Emily find themselves imprisoned in the 19th Century by a celebrated inventor ... but help comes from an unexpected source - a humanoid automaton created by and to give pleasure to its owner. As the trio escape to London, they are unprepared for what awaits them, and at every turn it seems impossible to avert what fate may have in store for the Clockwork Woman.

Part mystery, part detective story, part dark fantasy, part science fiction ...

Claire explained to the 'Nest: "I'm not sure what this book is. An SF retelling of the Pinocchio story; a gender-reversed Frankenstein; a coming-of-age parable Pygmalion and Galatea with a twist? Anyway, it's got plenty of hairsbreadth escapes, kidnappings and flights over the moors from psychotic robot dogs in it, so that's all right."

Claire is currently a journalist, working full time as a staff writer on Publishing News magazine. She used to be a performance poet, before realising there was no money in it and opting to be a hack instead. She quickly found out there was no money in journalism either, but by then she was hooked and it was too late. She wrote for The Independent, Men's Health and Comics International before settling down at Publishing News. The Clockwork Woman is her first book.

It's now available in standard paperback, or deluxe signed (by Bott) and numbered, limited edition hardback.

You can get your hands on it from publisher Telos at


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