The Ministry of Time

£16.99

by Bradley, Kaliane | Fiction
Published 16/05/2024 by Hodder & Stoughton (Sceptre) in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 368 pages

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‘A thrilling debut… Reads like a novel that was written for pleasure… It’s very smart; it’s very silly; and the obvious fun never obscures completely the sheer, gorgeous, wild stretch of her ideas.’ Guardian
‘Fast moving and riotously entertaining, a genre-busting blend of wit and wonder’10 best new novelists for 2024, Observer
‘Clever, witty and thought-provoking’ KATE MOSSE, author of The Ghost Ship
‘Make room on your bookshelves for a new classic’ MAX PORTER, author of Shy
‘As electric, charming, whimsical and strange as its ripped-from-history cast’ EMILY HENRY, author of Happy Place
‘Thought-provoking and horribly clever – but it also made me laugh out loud’ ALICE WINN, author of In Memoriam
‘Outrageously brilliant’ ELEANOR CATTON, author of Birnam Wood

A BOY MEETS A GIRL. THE PAST MEETS THE FUTURE. A FINGER MEETS A TRIGGER. THE BEGINNING MEETS THE END. ENGLAND IS FOREVER. ENGLAND MUST FALL.

In the near future, a disaffected civil servant is offered a lucrative job in a mysterious new government ministry gathering ‘expats’ from across history to test the limits of time-travel.

Her role is to work as a ‘bridge’: living with, assisting and monitoring the expat known as ‘1847’ – Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin’s doomed expedition to the Arctic, so he’s a little disoriented to find himself alive and surrounded by outlandish concepts such as ‘washing machine’, ‘Spotify’ and ‘the collapse of the British Empire’. With an appetite for discovery and a seven-a-day cigarette habit, he soon adjusts; and during a long, sultry summer he and his bridge move from awkwardness to genuine friendship, to something more.

But as the true shape of the project that brought them together begins to emerge, Gore and the bridge are forced to confront their past choices and imagined futures. Can love triumph over the structures and histories that have shaped them? And how do you defy history when history is living in your house?