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The Bedlam Stacks - Natasha Pulley

The Bedlam Stacks - Natasha Pulley

This is № 215 of an exclusive edition of only 250 copies

Title: The Bedlam Stacks

Author:  Natasha Pulley

ISBN:  9781408878446

Weight:  873g

Numbered and stamped signed first edition, first printing




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Our price:  £27.50

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest.  The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies.  But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria.

On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859 and India is ravaged by the disease.  The hunt for a reliable source of quinine is critical and in its desperation, the India Office searches out its last qualified expeditionary.  Struggling with a terrible injury from his last mission and the strange occurrences at his family’s ruined estate, Merrick Tremayne finds himself under orders to bring back cinchona cuttings at any cost and dispatched, against his own better judgement, to Bedlam.

There he meets Raphael, a priest around whom the villagers spin unsettlingly familiar stories of impossible disappearances and living stone.  Gradually, he realises that Raphael is the key to a legacy left by two generations of Tremayne explorers before him, one which will prove more dangerous and valuable than the India Office could ever have imagined.

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international bestseller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Peer & Press Reviews

Natasha Pulley had a lot to live up to after the runaway success of her debut novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.  But she’s managed to do just that with The Bedlam Stacks.  It’s a fast-paced adventure story with great characters and a message about colonialism and discovering new worlds.

Glasgow Herald

The Peru that Markham and Tremayne encounter is a sheer fantastical delight.  Exploding ‘whitewood’ trees, lamps made of glowing pollen, moving statues and rock formations of pure glass.  Pulley also has a Tolkienian appreciation of the importance of cosiness: centrally heated ships’ cabins, snug inns and lashings of hot coffee.  What’s more, she writes elegantly and plots like a pro.


Pulley’s prose is as delightfully playful and evocative as ever.  She paints a hidden world that’s every bit as colourful as James Cameron’s Pandora, packed with vibrant and quirky characters, and fascinating historical detail that never feels forced.  This is a book about a journey – both literally and figuratively.  So book your tickets now, because you’ll love the views along the way.

SFX Magazine

Bibliographic Info

Title:The Bedlam Stacks
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Edition background:

A leading London bookshop issued this numbered edition of 250 copies.

The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

Book number:215 [of 250]
Overall condition:Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed:On the title page
Stamped with:Two concentric circles (outer 40mm diam, inner 25mm) in black ink. The circular ring contains the words SET SAIL TO THE BEDLAM STACKS, the inner circle contains an image of a clockwork lamp (see main image on front cover).
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes:

Walter Scott Prize 2018 – longlist

Beautiful Book Award 2017 – shortlist (BAMB Readers Awards)

Book Stats
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint:Bloomsbury Circus
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13:9781408878446
ISBN 10:1408878445
Format:Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):241 x 161 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph:Jonathan Ring
Cover design:David Mann
Illust. & maps:Emily Faccini

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