The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley: The spellbinding BBC Between the Covers book club pick

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The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley: The spellbinding BBC Between the Covers book club pick

The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley: The spellbinding BBC Between the Covers book club pick

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Seven years pass and on the precipice of adulthood, Zachary is compelled to follow his father across Europe and is determined to unravel the secrets and decode his visions to track down his father before time runs out for them both, but will father and son ever meet again or will the well-oiled springs and cogs of their lives rust and fall apart? I’ve been in a reading drought, and for some reason I feel the solution might be a huge, old-fashioned family epic. I think the characterisation was good as regards Zachary, Aunt Francis, Mrs Morley and Tom, but throughout it all, the idea of Zachary displaying powers of second sight seemed to be lost along the way. This leads to the entry into the household of the memorable wet nurse, Mrs Grace Morley and her small daughter, Leonora.

This gathering together of disparate souls, which also includes Abel’s aunt-in-law, Frances, who’s a rich, feisty independently minded woman who delights in challenging convention, is what gives The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudsley its sizably moving beating heart. It’s a rare book indeed that doesn’t transport you far away from the everyday, taking you on a richly imaginative journey, whether it’s into someone’s life, their innermost thoughts or to magical places that defy the intervention of the ordinary. Rubber was discovered mid-century, and makers of automata quickly saw its possibilities in making ever more life-like, human-like automata. Science was racing ahead in every direction, largely freed from the constraints placed upon it in previous centuries by the cold hand of church authority, political turmoil and widely held superstition.All the characters were intriguing and although the main focus is on Zachary Cloudesley and his father Abel the side characters also had such intetesting and different tales to tell and yet their lives were inextricably linked.

To protect his son Abel makes a bad choice that is jumped upon by someone in high government and puts Abel in a terrible position. It’s a beautiful and humorous portrait of five siblings and the complexities of family relationships. Sadly, his mother dies giving birth to him, leaving little Zachary to be raised by his father Abel, a clockmaker and inventor of automata.

A good deal of the story is based on historical facts and reality, the author does a great job of pulling all of that together to weave it into a fabulous adventure.

Sean Lusk’s writing is exquisite, and his characters are powerful and poignant creations which leap from the page.If needs be Mrs Morley and her noisy daughter with her spotty face and bilious inclination can come too. It’s a dystopian tale of resistance, hope and art, whose boy hero turns detective to track down his missing mother.

And so the makers of automata found themselves urged to make ever more human androids, leading to Von Kempelen’s chess playing automaton, ‘The Turk,’ seemingly able to think through the complexities of a chess game and play the world’s grand masters. Each of these and the other leading makers of automata were given patronage by the royal courts, not only so their devices could grace the palaces of kings and emperors (though they did) but also as projections of national power – a sort of ‘clockwork space race.There is Gordon, brother and adversary; Jasper, her untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool conventional daughter. But most of the story is about what happens next as their relationship resets and resets over the years. The story moves between the real war and the better version Hollywood is busy creating to inspire the people in America. Since his accident, Zachary is plagued by visions that reveal the hearts and minds of those around him. Two books I am giving everyone this year are Haven by Emma Donoghue (Picador) and Damian Dibben’s The Colour Storm(Michael Joseph).



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