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A brilliantly funny and moving tale of friendship from the multi-award winning, highly acclaimed Philip Pullman.

Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wound them up, nothing will stop them . . .

On a dark and snowy night, a tormented clockwork apprentice makes a deal with a mysterious travelling inventor - a man who some say is the devil. But unbeknownst to the apprentice, and the girl with a perhaps too-kind heart who tries to help him, this is a story within a story, and events are already far beyond their control . . .

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  • Paperback


    May 28, 2018


    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook


    June 7, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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