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At the dawn of the seventeenth century, the Sun revolved around the Earth according to God’s plan and as set down in the Bible. Yet some men knew that the Heavens did not move as they should and began to believe exactly the opposite – a heresy punishable by being burned alive.

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth is the first in a trilogy of novels that dramatically bring to life key moments in our understanding of the cosmos – when our view of the Universe changed forever.


I'll be collecting all posts here that are relevant to The Sky's Dark Labyrinth.  Published during the course of 2011-2012, volume I, The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, presents the stories of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei.


German Lutheran Johannes Kepler is convinced that he has been given a vision by God when he becomes the first man to distill into mathematical laws how stars and planets move through the heavens.  Galileo Galilei, an Italian Catholic, will try to claim Kepler’s success for his own Church, but he finds himself enmeshed in a web of intrigue originating from within the Vatican itself.  Both men become trapped by human ignorance and irrational terror to the peril of their lives and those of their families in one of the darkest, yet also one of the most enlightening, periods of European history.


Volume II, The Sensorium of God, features Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley.  Volume III, The Day Without Yesterday, recounts the story of Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble and George Lemaitre.


Confirmed publication dates so far are April in UK, June in Australia, September in Canada.  Forthcoming publications dates will be announced for South Korea, Japan and Greece soon.  I'll be talking about these books at various literary festivals and other venues across the UK this year.  Stay tuned for further announcements.  The book is published in the UK and Australia by Polygon Books and in Canada by McArthur Books.


To download a four page brochure about the trilogy, click here.


To contact the book's UK publicist, Jan Rutherford, click here.

To contact the book's Canadian publicist, Devon Pool, click here.

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth: “a compelling and beautiful series of books”

I have been interviewed by astronomersden over at his blog. He describes himself as “Daddy, Hubby, Teacher and, whenever I get the chance, Astronomer.” There is some great stuff on his website.

He writes, “The history of astronomy (and indeed science) is one of the great, inspirational stories of humanity.  The long road to rational explanations, the search for our place in the universe, the discovery of laws to direct human endeavours.  Now it is a story you can follow through a compelling and beautiful series of books - Dr Stuart Clark’s The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth Trilogy.  If the name alone does not make you want to rush off to pick it up, then read on as I talk to the author about his work and tell you a little about each book.”

You can read the whole interview here.

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The Day Without Yesterday - Easter Kindle Promotion

For a strictly limited time, the very latest Sky’s Dark Labyrinth book is on promotion from Amazon Kindle. Instead of £12.99, you can pick up the ebook version of The Day Without Yesterday for just £1.09. Hurry, the offer will not last long. Buy now!

Those who prefer physical books, can buy that here.

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The Daily Mail reviews The Day Without Yesterday

Many thanks to Kathy Stevenson who has reviewed The Day Without Yesterday. She writes, “Clark’s strengths are in his firm grasp of historical context and his easy-to-read prose, along with an obvious passion for his subject and desire to project this to a wider audience.”

You can read the full review here:

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The Day Without Yesterday: Astrofest Pre-release signing

Only a few days to go now until European Astrofest and the first chance for you to get hold of The Day Without Yesterday, the concluding book in The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth trilogy.

The good news is the stocks have arrived (see picture), literally hot off the presses.. You can order copies of The Day Without Yesterday, and the two previous volumes in the trilogy at the online Astronomy Now Bookshop. They can be collected on the day and then do come and find me at the Astronomy Now stand.

I will be there on Friday from the start of the coffee break to the end of the lunch break. I’ll be back on Saturday, too, to sign and chat.
Looking forward to seeing you.

And don’t forget, you can read the first two chapters for free exclusively at Lovereading.

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RSC's A Life of Galileo: pure inspiration

I have a new article posted on my Guardian blog, Across the Universe.


“A new adaptation of Brecht's Galileo opens in Stratford-upon-Avon on Thursday. It's impressive not only for the drama but for its demonstration of how to engage people in science

Bertolt Brecht's Galileo has probably brought the tale of Galileo and his trial to more people than any single science or history book ever written. By adapting the story into a tragedy, Brecht explores many facets of the interface between belief and evidence.

These include not just religious faith versus scientific evidence but also Galileo's internal struggle to rationalise his recantation, even though he knows his observations are true.

Having written my own take on Galileo in The Sky's Dark Labyrinth, I have a tremendous affection for this story and the charismatic Italian who discovered the mountains of the moon, the stars of the Milky Way, and the moons of Jupiter. ...”

You can read the full post here.

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