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The Sky's Dark Labyrinth

Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publication Date
01 November 2011
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Limited

The Sky's Dark Labyrinth

The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy – Book I

'Moving and eye-opening story of brilliance and bravery,' - Daily Mail
by Stuart Clark - Find out more about the author


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'Preserves the important facts while skillfully immersing the reader in the turbulent events of 17th-century Europe ... If Kepler wasn't already your favourite historical astronomer, he will be after reading this book' – New Scientist

'Moving and eye-opening story of brilliance and bravery, and the fight against bigotry and closed-mindedness' – Daily Mail

'Vivid, thrilling ... Books like this transform the way you access and understand our view of history' – lovereading

'Clark’s exposition of the men in the midst of this time of upheaval leaves us wanting more. Luckily for us, this is just the first in a trilogy about the mysteries of astronomy and the important players in its discoveries' – Canadian Blogspot

'Clark spins a fascinating, pell-mell tale of intrigue, ignorance and irrationality in a new Europe struggling to be born' – Globe and Mail (Canada)

At the dawn of the seventeenth century everyone believed that the sun revolved around the earth. Yet some men knew that the heavens did not move as they should. And some men began to suspect that this heresy was in fact the truth. As Europe convulsed in conflict between Catholic and Protestant, these men prepared to die for that truth. This is the story of Kepler and Galileo, two men whose struggle with themselves, with the evidence and with the forces of reaction changed not simply themselves but our world.

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth is the first of a trilogy of novels inspired by the dramatic struggles, personal and professional, and key historical events in man’s quest to understand the Universe. Click here to see some interviews with Stuart about The Sky's Dark Labyrinth.

Stuart Clark’s career is devoted to presenting the complex world of astronomy to the public. He holds a first-class honours degree and a PhD in astrophysics, and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers and space science editor for the European Space Agency. In 2000 The Independent placed him alongside Stephen Hawking and the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees, as one of the ‘stars’ of British astrophysics teaching. He is a consultant to New Scientist, writes features for The Times, BBC Focus and BBC Sky at Night and is a former editor of Astronomy Now magazine.

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