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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann; First Edition edition (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043402094X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434020942
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What? What can I possibly tell you? I was born in Cornwall. I live in London. I have the best wife imaginable, wonderful kids. My life is presently devoid of those meaningful traumas we're all supposed to believe are the seat of creative energy. I like Italian wine, Swiss skiing, English cheese and Belgian beer, deckled edges, Asian food, and writing. I don't like shellfish. They are yuck. A friend of mine recently told me she can't eat squid any more because squid are sort of charming and friendly, and now I feel guilty about calamari.

I care about things. Random things, unlikely things.

I'm a messy person.

I write on a variety of digital devices of varying antiquity. I like pens and paper, too.

I read widely, not in a very focused way. I retain knowledge in patterns rather than lists.

I really like spa hotels.

I'm not a fan of movies whose central theme is the lack of availability of root crops. This is a surprisingly large genre.

I once accidentally ate my breakfast next to a live tiger.

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"One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in ages… It’s brilliantly entertaining… Pure, unhinged delight. What a splendid ride."--Patrick Ness, The Guardian

"A novel of adventure, love and intrigue… Makes the reader grin with pleasure… Harkaway has given us, for the second time, a box of delights."--The Independent

"Wildly imaginative… Wonderfully entertaining… A hardback that looks as gorgeously ornate as its contents."--The Times

"Fizzingly imaginative… A wildly, irrepressibly exuberant new-weird/fantasy/thriller/comedy."--Daily Mail

"A must for fans of John Le Carré and Jasper Fforde…"--Elle

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An adventure story, a war story, and a love story, all wound into one brilliant narrative that runs like clockwork.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By P. McCLEAN on 31 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
Joshua Joseph Spork is a name that will be with me for a long time, if not the rest of my life. He is an antique dealer, expert repairer of things clockwork, son of a submachine toting crook, and the main character in Nick Harkaway's spy adventure novel, "Angelmaker".

When I reviewed Nick's previous novel, "The Gone-Away World", I described it as "a fast paced tale that covers a lot of ground and doesn't let you rest for a minute". Well, he's done it again. The same pace; subtle, and not so subtle humour; intricate plot, and breadth of scope are all present. "The Gone-Away World" convinced me I should read anything Nick writes. "Angelmaker" reinforced this conviction.

Without being specific I can tell you that Joe Spork, like any central character in a spy novel, finds himself in a troublesome situation with different elements of his life falling asunder. For someone who just wants a quiet life this is rather troubling. In addition, he is surrounded by characters who may be on his side, or possibly the other. For that matter, he doesn't know what or who the other side is.

We also meet Edie Banister and her pet dog. Don't be fooled by Edie Banister's outward appearance. She may be a little old lady in her eighties, but in her heart she is something very different.

Nick's characters are impeccably drawn, his language artful, and his plot intriguing. This was one of those books that I was sorry to finish and that, I have to admit, had me with a lump in my throat at the end.

"Angelmaker" is much more than a spy novel. It is a tale of struggle and loyalty; a story of family and righteousness; and a narrative of how a legacy of former years can visit havoc on the present day world. It also poses the questions, "Who is really in control?", "What are they really trying to do?" and "Do they have a clue what they're doing?"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Skippy on 20 July 2012
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I did change my mind very slightly by the end but this is still a very long-winded, loosely edited book that could have been a third of the length and much tighter. The story meanders around like an engineered culvert built by a millionare madman, it just feels laboured. The violence (even the torture) has no reality and no humanity - it just seems like Violence Lite. I keep thinking.. Phillip Pullman on a very bad day when he kept writing despite the fact that he couldn't think of anything to write about.
I you like this you'll probably like Lord of the Rings, and maybe Wild Wild West (film).
If you like your atmospheric London fiction a little better crafted you'll prefer Rivers of London (Ben Aaronovitch).
Nice cover though.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By January on 22 Jan 2013
Format: Paperback
There are some wonderful, inventive ideas in here. The Ruskinites are a great creation, and rather touching with it; the effect of the Doomsday machine is frightening and original.

On the other hand, there's also a lot of annoying whimsy and juvenilia. It's trying far too hard to be cool.The main characters are cyphers, spouting identikit 'snappy' Tarantino-style dialogue, and it's very difficult to feel anything for any of them, or care about their fates. The silly names don't help. The female characters are particularly one-dimensional and unconvincing, consisting almost entirely of lithe bisexual women who get turned on by absolutely everything (in one section, one of them is turned on by the sight of her own forearm. Sigh.) As a female reader it can feel quite alienating - these are women created by male fantasy. The sheer amount of over-the-top, cringeworthy sex scenes is exasperating. It reads, at times, like something written by a hyperventilating teenage boy. You wish he'd pull himself together and focus on the plot, which can be gripping, but you'll be lucky if the action's not interrupted by pages of interminable stuff about the nature of causality or a long description of something that isn't as interesting as the author thinks it is. When you do get the action, it's often over-egged with hyper-violence and gratuitous nastiness which in the end becomes more tiresome than shocking. As others have said, also, it needs a really good edit. I've found myself skipping whole sections of superfluous stuff. You would have thought the issue might have been resolved post-Gone Away World, but Angelmaker is almost as verbose.

But then, I'm still reading it. It's gripping. Just prepare to be frustrated.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rhiarti on 24 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
Once in a while, if you're spectacularly lucky, you come across a book so magnificent you simply have to share the joy with others, yet so utterly barking you honestly don't know where to begin! An absolute treat from start to finish, this is one such rare and wonderful gem. Read it for the quiet clockmaker. Read it for the spies and secret agents. Read it for the marvels of engineering. Read it for the bees. Read it for the baby elephant. Read it for the fiendish villain. Read it for the gangsters. Read it for the nearly-toothless pug. Read it for the nostalgia, the optimism, the embrace of a more stylish way to live. Read it for the simple delight of a tale well told. Just, whatever you do, read it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Patrao on 13 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
The story is set in a modern-day London where Joshua Joseph Spork, an unassuming clockmaker (and reluctant son of a gangster), accidentally switches on a doomsday machine. A doomsday device that involves clockwork and bees (admit it, you're intrigued). In between we have periodic flashbacks to 1939 where a young English girl, Edie Banister trains to be a superspy. Harkaway ties the past and present together beautifully into a thrilling climax that the book reaches only two pages from the end.

Brilliant.

Angelmaker attempts to answer the question--if everyone could see the truth, would the world be a better place?

Great plot, FANTASTIC characters, a mix of action, and a few love stories. This book has it all.

Harkaway's writing in this book and his first novel, The Gone-Away World, has ensured that he will be a constant favorite of mine.

If you enjoy spies, doomsday weapons and clockwork, you will LOVE this book. I guarantee it.

Deserves a very high recommendation.

9.25/10.
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