If a ghost from the past threatened to destroy your world would you fight back with science, magic or both?
London, 1820: Isambard is just like any other 14-year-old engineering genius until he stumbles across a radical plot to kill the Prime Minister. Things get complicated when he discovers that the conspiracy is being led a French revolutionary supposedly executed 25 years earlier.
With the help of the eccentric Candlewick sisters, whose magical shop has a habit of losing itself in the labyrinthine streets of Georgian London, Isambard defies his father and joins forces with the Bow Street Runners. But things start going wrong when one of them gets caught snooping around the gang's lair and Isambard's hydrogen filled balloon veers wildly off course.
Will a home-made messaging machine, a pair of telepathic stones and a talking gas be enough to help Isambard thwart the Cato Street Conspiracy?
About the Author
Robert Guidi is a grotesque mutant: half engineer and half storyteller. He studied Engineering (Mechanical, of course) at Manchester University where he wrote and staged 2 plays. On graduating he helped design a robotic vacuum cleaner at Dyson, tried writing for a couple of London magazines and failed to organise a charity cabaret. He then spent 6 years installing engine production lines for a car company before going solo as an engineering consultant and, latterly, landing a grown-up job in Mergers & Acquisitions.
In his idle moments, Robert enjoys creating musical and visual doodles that, until now, have never seen the light of day. Isambard and the Cato Street Conspiracy (2017) is his first published novel and brings together his love for magic, history and scientific contraptions.
Robert lives with his wife and three kids near the Devil’s Punchbowl in the UK.