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  • The Ministry of Time
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  • The Ministry of Time
  • The Ministry of Time
  • The Ministry of Time

The Ministry of Time

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 16/05/2024
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The Ministry of Time
A stunning and well balanced novel
Awww I loved this so much! A love story set in time travel novel that manages to not be science heavy or overly explicit. It hits the perfect balance of bl... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool
The Ministry of Time
A clever, fun read!
This book was such a fun read. Set a little in the future; time travel is now possible. The Ministry of Time has been founded to help integrate 'expats' fr... READ MORE
Helena at Rustington
The Ministry of Time
The best debut novel I have ever read
I devoured this in a buddy read with a friend and I am so glad I had someone to gush about this with while I was completely enraptured by this incredibly o... READ MORE
Leah at Birmingham @leahreadslit
The Ministry of Time
Something unique
Oh Commander Gore, you are gorgeous! This has such a well-spun plot, featuring so many different genre elements with our narrator and Commander Gore at th... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
Great read!
Ignore the naysayers, if you take this for what it is, a lighthearted, time travel romance...it's rather charming and perfectly balanced for an easy, all i... READ MORE
lucy elson
The Ministry of Time
Thoroughly enjoyable. The highest praise one can give a book.
I read this over the weekend in as close to one sitting as is possible these days. Well plotted and complete with a few good twists, I thought it was a fun... READ MORE
Pamela Higgs
The Ministry of Time
Clever, speculative fiction debut
It’s quite difficult to categorise Kaliane Bradley’s debut novel. It’s literary, speculative fiction mixed with romance and humour. We have a number of cha... READ MORE
Amanda - Redhill
The Ministry of Time
All around brilliant!
This is one of my top novels of the year, I thoroughly enjoyed it the whole way through! Time travel romance is my new favourite genre and I’m gonna str... READ MORE
Amoy Daley, Waterstones Leamington Spa
The Ministry of Time
A beautiful thriller of a book !
This book branches so many genres in the best possible way! From subtle sci fi to spy thriller, with a slow burn romance. The sarcastic style humour was *c... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
Obsessively brilliant!
The Ministry of Time is a weirdly wonderful amalgamation of so many genres: science fiction, dystopia, thriller, historical, and not forgetting romance. Th... READ MORE
Victoria at Aviemore
The Ministry of Time
Bold, inventive and cinematic. I predict huge things for this book.
I so enjoyed this one. It's literary fiction, which reads like romantic comedy blended with light science fiction or distiopia. Perfect for fans of The Tim... READ MORE
Ronnie Turner - Bookseller
The Ministry of Time
A new concept in time travel
This is time travel book of an unusual nature. People are brought from the past and looked after by a "bridge". they are observed and monitored as part of ... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
The Ministry of Time
Interesting take on time travel
A few friends have read this and enjoyed it so I thought it was about time I joined in. Right from the start this has an interesting take on the time tr... READ MORE
Big Bearded Bookseller
The Ministry of Time
Dr Who for the Literati
A good, fun jaunt of a novel, like reading a particularly involved and well written Special episode of Dr Who. A great premise and thoroughly enjoyable cha... READ MORE
Sean Farrell
The Ministry of Time
A lot of fun: it hits the right spots
Using an absolutely kaleidoscopic galaxy of the imagination, The Ministry of Time is so deeply satisfying, with at least as much unabashed charm as The Pri... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller


A boy meets a girl. The past meets the future. A finger meets a trigger. The beginning meets the end. England is forever. England must fall.

In the near future, a disaffected civil servant is offered a lucrative job in a mysterious new government ministry gathering 'expats' from across history to test the limits of time-travel.

Her role is to work as a 'bridge': living with, assisting and monitoring the expat known as '1847' - Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin's doomed expedition to the Arctic, so he's a little disoriented to find himself alive and surrounded by outlandish concepts such as 'washing machine', 'Spotify' and 'the collapse of the British Empire'. With an appetite for discovery and a seven-a-day cigarette habit, he soon adjusts; and during a long, sultry summer he and his bridge move from awkwardness to genuine friendship, to something more.

But as the true shape of the project that brought them together begins to emerge, Gore and the bridge are forced to confront their past choices and imagined futures. Can love triumph over the structures and histories that have shaped them? And how do you defy history when history is living in your house?

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781399726344
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 580g
  • Dimensions: 260 x 231 x 30 mm

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The Ministry of Time
Great idea badly done
Didn't think it was possible to make a story involving time travel dreary ,I was wrong . This manages it . Characters are flat and dull , the plot ( what ... READ MORE
david littleton
The Ministry of Time
Awkward piece of writing, lacking any original sense of imagination. What exactly is speculative fiction here; what is it at all? A sci-fi fairy tail. It’s... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
Spanish TV Show?
This debut is far from the high-concept, brain-curdlingly complex feat of literary SF you might be fearing. It is a simple love story, predicated on a hast... READ MORE
Iain Martin
The Ministry of Time
clever, funny and thought provoking
I really enjoyed this thought-provoking book, it’s clever, funny, and, for a time travel novel, remarkably coherent. Bradley’s book really defies categoris... READ MORE
Debra Davidson-Smith
The Ministry of Time
How would you help a time traveler adapt to your time?
I'm always up for a good time travel story. This one has a bonus: it belongs to that body of work that I predict will come to be known as Pandemic Litera... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
Thought provoking, laugh inducing
A captivating story that deals not just with time travel but questions relevant modern day issues. I read it all in one go!
A Hayes
The Ministry of Time
Pure fun, ingenious
What an original, fun novel! The Ministry of Time captures the very best bits of history, sci-fi, thriller and even (dare I say?), romance genres. An ingen... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
A remarkable unlikely romance
This fantasy novel sits in an alternate UK where, rather than pay billions of pounds to send a few immigrants to Rwanda, the government has a time scoop an... READ MORE
Daren Kearl
The Ministry of Time
Pitch Perfect
Thank you to the publisher, the author and Netgalley for a free ebook copy of this novel in exchange for a review. I adore time travel narratives. I hav... READ MORE
Philippa Horsell
The Ministry of Time
I love the idea of bringing people from the past and seeing how difficult it may be to adjust in the 21st century. I loved the emotional tension through th... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
High concept
An experiment in time travel has led to a disparate group of expats who have been transported to the present by a mysterious Ministry. Each is assigned a ... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
The Ministry of Time
Not just another book about time travel!
This is not just another book about time travel! The Cambodian narrator is a disaffected and sardonic female civil servant working for a government which h... READ MORE
Jim Sweetman
The Ministry of Time
started strong but failed to keep me engaged
An interesting title and potential for an entertaining story line. Historical characters are transported to the present where they are allocated a speciall... READ MORE
Anne T
The Ministry of Time
The Ministry of Time is a blended genre story - Sci Fi, romance, history, comedy- about an agent assigned to look after Graham Cole, an real life commander... READ MORE
Samantha Schofield
The Ministry of Time
Thriller, love story, time travel humor
Thanks go to the publisher for the advanced reading copy of this book. This is a great first novel by the Author Kaliane Bradley. I went to it expecting a ... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
Beautifully crafted, time travel may not be a new genre but this one is far from pulp SiFi. Approaches time travel from a different view point very much 2... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
Loved it!
A civil servant gets the job of a lifetime- she has been chosen to be a bridge for a time traveller! In the not too distant future, time travel is in its ... READ MORE
Maggie Macdonald
The Ministry of Time
charming, clever and captivating
really enjoyed this thought-provoking book, it’s clever, funny, and, for a time travel novel, remarkably coherent. Bradley’s book really defies categorisat... READ MORE
Debra Davidson-Smith
The Ministry of Time
Enjoyable read
I enjoyed this and read the book quickly for me. Lots of great reviews which I don’t disagree with. It felt like it should be building to a fabulous end/c... READ MORE
The Ministry of Time
A great debut novel
'The Ministry of Time' by Kaliane Bradley is a unique novel that takes you on a journey through time. A civil servant is given an upgraded job in a top ... READ MORE
Melanie Greaves
The Ministry of Time
A wonderful surprise.
This novel takes things we think we know, like time travel fantasies and puts the humanity in them. The way the describes the overwhelming nature of the fu... READ MORE
Evangeline Walker
The Ministry of Time
Adventure and mystery
Ministry of Time by Bradley is an enthralling adventure that masterfully intertwines historical intrigue and thrilling action. Bradley's meticulous attenti... READ MORE
Laura Candvker