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  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241326312
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $14.99

Clockwork or All Wound Up



Illustrated by Peter Bailey

Tick, tick, tick, tock. Once you've wound some things up nothing can stop them . . .

It is a cold winter's night when Karl enters the White Horse Tavern looking like he's swallowed a thundercloud. His final task as a clockmaker apprentice is to make a new figure for the great clock of Glockenheim. He has not made the figure - or got any idea of what it could be, and the unveiling is tomorrow.

Fritz is also in the tavern; there to read aloud his new spooky story. Like Karl, he hasn't finished. Well, he knows how the story starts and he knows it's called Clockwork - so, with the snow swirling down outside, he sets his story going and just has to hope that the ending will come to him as he tells it.

Suddenly, Fritz's story and real life merge in a completely sinister way - and just like clockwork it can't be stopped . . .

  • Published: 28 May 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241326312
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $14.99

About the author

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich and educated in England, Zimbabwe, Australia and Wales. He studied English at Exeter College, Oxford.

His first children's book, Count Karlstein, was published in 1982. To date, he has published thirty-three books, read by children and adults alike. His most famous work is the His Dark Materials trilogy. These books have been honoured by several prizes including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Prize, and (for The Amber Spyglass) the Whitbread Book of the Year Award - the first time that prize had been given to a children's book. Pullman has received numerous other awards, including the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Astrid Lindgren Award. He was knighted in the 2019 New Year's Honours List for Services to Literature.

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Praise for Clockwork or All Wound Up

A thrilling masterwork on stories that become real

Amanda Craig, The Times

It has the feel of a classic fairy tale. It's the most elegantly constructed, chilling story

Jacqueline Wilson

Deeply satisfying and deserves to become a classic

TES

Exciting, scary, romantic and deliciously readable

Guardian

It is Pullman's talent for creating an atmospheric mood and tugging at your emotions to add pace and suspense that really keeps you entranced

Junior

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