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Natasha Pulley studied English Literature at Oxford University. After stints working at Waterstones as a bookseller, then at Cambridge University Press as a publishing assistant in the astronomy and maths departments, she did the creative writing master's at the University of East Anglia. She later studied in Tokyo, where she lived on a scholarship from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. She was chosen to be a writer in residence at Gladstone's Library and is now an associate lecturer at Bath Spa University and a panel tutor at the Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education. She currently lives in Bath, England.
Pulley's highly-acclaimed debut novel, "The Watchmaker of Filigree Street," was an international bestseller, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. It is a historical fantasy thriller set in atmospheric, smoggy Victorian London and Japan, which features a mysterious Japanese watchmaker who can "remember the future," a feisty young female physicist and a clockwork octopus called Katsu. Her second novel, "The Bedlam Stacks," is set mainly in Peru. Pulley's latest, "The Lost Future of Pepperharrow," is a sequel that sweeps readers off to Japan in the 1880s, where nationalism is on the rise and ghosts roam the streets.