When Elizabeth, a reclusive historian, is found drowned in a tributary of the River Cam, she is clutching a glass prism and has left behind her unfinished magnum opus, a book on Isaac Newtown's alchemy.
Her son, Cameron, turns to Lydia Brooke, a young writer and friend of Elizabeth's and asks her to complete the last chapter of the book.
Lydia hesitantly agrees and moves into Elizabeth's strange house, where she soon finds herself entangled, not only with Cameron, but also with a four-hundred-year-old murder mystery, a network of seventeenth-century alchemists and a ghostly figure intent on disrupting her work.
Rebecca Stott is a writer and broadcaster. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, teaches English literature and is affiliated with the Cambridge History of Science Department. Her work, in radio writing, fiction and non-fiction, weaves together history, literature and the history of science. She is the author the non-fiction book 'Darwin and the Barnacle'.
Previous Titles include:
Darwin and the Barnacle (July 05);
Theatres of Glass: The Woman Who Brought the Sea to the City