Local author Natasha Pulley celebrates release of second novel ‘The Bedlam Stacks’ at Ely Library

Natasha Pulley (second right) signed copies of her latest novel, 'The Bedlam Stacks,’ at Ely Library

Natasha Pulley (second right) signed copies of her latest novel, 'The Bedlam Stacks,’ at Ely Library on Wednesday. PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

A local author stopped by at Ely Library to sign copies of her latest novel.

Former Soham Village College student Natasha Pulley signed copies of ‘The Bedlam Stacks’; a historical tale set in the forests of Peru, which she visited for her research.

Set in 1859, the book follows ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne, who is sent to South America on an expedition to fetch quinine – an essential medicine used to treat malaria.

The Bloomsbury-published book follows her best-selling ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street,’ which won a 2016 Betty Trask award.

Councillor Mike Rouse, who used to teach Natasha, was at the library on Wednesday to pick up a copy.


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“He said: “It was fascinating to hear how Natasha blended historical research with her much-praised debut novel ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ and intrigued by the real events and Victorian expedition to Peru that inspired her new novel.”

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