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Lucy Ribchester was born in Edinburgh in 1982. She studied English at the University of St Andrews and Shakespearean Studies at Kings College London. In 2013 she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for the opening chapters of The Hourglass Factory. Her short fiction has been published in journals in the UK and US, and she writes about dance and circus for several magazines and websites including The List, Fest and Dance Tabs. The Hourglass Factory is her first novel.
`Lucy Ribchester's The Amber Shadows is a spooky and complex psychological thriller set in Bletchley Park during the second world war. Atmospheric and engaging' -- Ian Rankin on The Amber Shadows `A fascinating historical mystery from a talented new author...fascinating historical detail and brilliant description' * WE LOVE THIS BOOK * `A glorious tome encapsulating the London of 1912 set amidst suffragettes and circuses' * THE MITFORD SOCIETY * `A tale of murder, subversion, class and the fight for equality...A most enjoyable read' -- NAOMI FRISBY * THE WRITES OF WOMAN * `This whodunit teems with larger-than-life characters...Yet this is also, in part, a historical novel, with landmark events (often not seen as being contemporaneous to one another)...all breathing life into Ribchester's London' * GUARDIAN * A sexy fast-paced historical murder mystery...a thrilling combination of corsets, Emmeline Pankhurst and female journalists...' * THE HERALD * `An entertaining romp' * THE LIST * `Set in London two years before the start of The Great War, it's a world where newspapers are produced in smoke-filled rooms up rickety stairs' * SUNDAY POST * `Unexpected plot twists, glamorous underworlds...a really mesmerising piece of historical fiction' * HELLO! MAGAZINE * `Its fast-paced plot fizzes with intrigue... this story is too good to miss. With a motley crew of characters and a helping of period detail, it is a fantastically fun page-turner that pulses with all the energy of London streets' * THE LADY * `Page-turning commercial historical fiction...a serious one to watch' -- VIV GROSKOP * RED MAGAZINE * `Its energy, crackle and humour is infectious' -- ELIZABETH BUCHAN * DAILY MAIL * `Rollicking whodunit adventure...terrific' -- Ian Rankin