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The Anatomist’s Dream

AnatomistClio Gray

The Anatomist’s Dream is a sumptuous feast for the senses that chronicles the early life of a very special boy as he makes a fantastic and epic journey with a travelling carnival across the dark and troubled landscape of 1840s Germany.

Something to be savoured by fans of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Patrick Süskind’s Perfume: the Story of a Murderer.

In a small salt-mining town, Philbert is born with a ‘taupe’, a disfiguring inflammation of the skull. Abandoned by both parents and with only a pet pig for company, he eventually finds refuge and companionship in a travelling carnival, Maulwerf’s Fair of Wonders, as it makes its annual migration across Germany bringing entertainment to a people beset by famine, repression and revolutionary ferment.

Philbert soon finds a caring family in Hermann the Fish Man, Lita, the Dancing Dwarf, Frau Fettleheim, the Fattest Woman in the World and an assortment of ‘freak show’ artists, magicians and entertainers.

But then Philbert meets Kwert, ‘Tospirologist and Teller of Signs’, and when he persuades the boy to undergo examination by the renowned physician and craniometrist, Dr Ullendorf, both Kwert and Philbert embark on an altogether darker and more perilous journey that will have far-reaching consequences for a whole nation.


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Hardback 416 pages
ISBN 978-1-910183-20-5
Release Date 31st July 2015
Price £18.99
Trade Paperback 416 pages
ISBN 978-1-910183-21-2
Release Date 31st July 2015
Price £12.99
Ebook 978-1-910183-22-9


Clio Gray

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 10.56.49Clio Gray was born in Yorkshire, and, after a childhood spent first in Saltburn-by-the-Sea and then Devon, she went to London to study philosophy, then Leeds, where she completed a degree in the History of Art. Finally she took a Post Grad Dip Lib, and went into the public library service, where she remains now, after upping sticks to settle in the Highlands of Scotland.

In 2004, she won the Harry Bowling First Novel Award in 2004 and this led to the successful ‘Stroop’ series of crime novels set in the Napoleonic Wars and published by Headline.

She also won the Scotsman / Orange Award in 2006 for her short story: I Should Have Listened Harder and has maintained a keen interest in short stories ever since, both as a writer and as the founder of HISSAC: the Highlands and Islands Short Story Association. HISSAC organises an annual open short story competition and she is its Chair of Judges.

The Anatomist’s Dream is her first full-length literary novel.

Jeanne Gask is guest of honour in Calais

Nell and the GirlsJeanne Gask, author of the heartwarming memoir Nell and the Girls, paid a visit to Calais by invitation from the Calais Tourism Office. Jeanne travelled by Eurostar with her daughter and journalist, Marina Gask.
Whilst visiting Calais Jeanne attended a book signing at a local book shop called Librarie du Port – where the book is now in stock – and also attended a press conference. Jeanne was overwhelmed by the welcome and interest shown by the locals and the French press. It soon became apparent that Jeanne’s recounting of her experience of WWII in occupied France was not particularly well known in Calais.
The French press were very interested in hearing Jeanne’s experiences about the rounding up in 1940 of British nationals who were then taken to the Polish border, an account that was unfamiliar to them.
Jeanne’s father, Tom Sarginson was interred along with P G Wodehouse and you can read more about Tom in this wonderful account of his life:
If you haven’t yet purchased your copy of Nell and the Girls then please click here for purchasing options and more information about the book and the author.