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The Ministry of Time: A Novel (edition 2024)

by Kaliane Bradley (Author)

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Science Fiction. HTML:"If you're a fan of Outlander, spy novels, time travel books, or just really innovative and fun storytelling, The Ministry of Time is definitely for you." —Town & Country, "45 Must-Read Books of Spring 2024"

Part time travel romance, part spy thriller and 100% "multi-faceted joyride" (Harper's Bazaar, UK): Welcome to The Ministry of Time, the exhilaratingly original debut novel by Kaliane Bradley.
In the near future, a civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and is, shortly afterward, told what project she'll be working on. A recently established government ministry is gathering "expats" from across history to establish whether time travel is feasible—for the body, but also for the fabric of space-time.

She is tasked with working as a "bridge": living with, assisting, and monitoring the expat known as "1847" or Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic, so he's a little disoriented to be living with an unmarried woman who regularly shows her calves, surrounded by outlandish concepts such as "washing machines," "Spotify," and "the collapse of the British Empire." But with an appetite for discovery, a seven-a-day cigarette habit, and the support of a charming and chaotic cast of fellow expats, he soon adjusts.

Over the next year, what the bridge initially thought would be, at best, a horrifically uncomfortable roommate dynamic, evolves into something much deeper. By the time the true shape of the Ministry's project comes to light, the bridge has fallen haphazardly, fervently in love, with consequences she never could have imagined. Forced to confront the choices that brought them together, the bridge must finally reckon with how—and whether she believes—what she does next can change the future.

An exquisitely original and feverishly fun fusion of genres and ideas, The Ministry of Time asks: What does it mean to defy history, when history is living in your house? Kaliane Bradley's answer is a blazing, unforgettable testament to what we owe each other in a changing world.
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If you are looking for a time travel book full of gee-whiz quantum theory and its associated machinery, you can skip Kaliane Bradley’s The Ministry of Time. What she gives us instead is a bit of historical speculation about a failed Arctic expedition and a romance wrapped up in a sharp satire of social work bureaucracy. In the nearish future, the government ministry that runs time travel begins a research project to rescue people from the past who disappeared from history. The transported people are called “expats,” as if they were foreign nationals living abroad. Each expat is assigned a caseworker called a “bridge to live with them, help them assimilate into modern life, and take notes on the side effects of time travel.
The story focuses on the relationship between Graham Gore, who died on a nonfictional 1845 expedition, and his female bridge. The bridge narrates most of the tale, with Gore narrating interstitial chapters about his life in the nineteenth century. The plot involves espionage, romance, and social satire. The satire reminds me of The Laundry Files series by Charles Stross.
Ministry is a worthy story, but it has many recent competitors that are at least as successful. ( )
  Tom-e | Jul 14, 2024 |
I found this book very strange. I guess because it is a science fiction and couldl never figure out where she was going with the story. The last few chapters brought some closure but left one hanging has to what takes place later.

Kirkus: Atime-toying spy romance that’s truly a thriller.

In the author’s note following the moving conclusion of her gripping, gleefully delicious debut novel, Bradley explains how she gathered historical facts about Lt. Graham Gore, a real-life Victorian naval officer and polar explorer, then “extrapolated a great deal” about him to come up with one of her main characters, a curly-haired, chain-smoking, devastatingly charming dreamboat who has been transported through time. Having also found inspiration in the sole extant daguerreotype of Gore, showing him to have been “a very attractive man,” Bradley wrote the earliest draft of the book for a cluster of friends who were similarly passionate about polar explorers. Her finished novel—taut, artfully unspooled, and vividly written—retains the kind of insouciant joy and intimacy you might expect from a book with those origins. It’s also breathtakingly sexy. The time-toggling plot focuses on the plight of a British civil servant who takes a high-paying job on a secret mission, working as a “bridge” to help time-traveling “expats” resettle in 21st-century London—and who falls hard for her charge, the aforementioned Commander Gore. Drama, intrigue, and romance ensue. And while this quasi-futuristic tale of time and tenderness never seems to take itself too seriously, it also offers a meaningful, nuanced perspective on the challenges we face, the choices we make, and the way we live and love today.

This rip-roaring romp pivots between past and present and posits the future-altering power of love, hope, and forgiveness. ( )
  bentstoker | Jul 6, 2024 |
I am listening to this on audiobook now. Fun plot! Great light summer read. ( )
  MarjieGoldSparkle | Jul 3, 2024 |
It’s so hard to get so emotionally invested in a book and then to have no control over how it ends. That said, aside from all the time travel, it felt like a realistic story of what can happen between two people. Things don’t always go well. And even when they do, it’s not the fairytale experience you want it to be (as revealed by Adela’s story). But my musings aside, the book was very engrossing. Interesting plot line. A significant, surprising twist. Well worth a read - but I’m still just left a bit disappointed. ( )
  HRHSophie | Jul 1, 2024 |
A young woman gets a job as a “bridge,” a guide to the 21st century for one of a handful of people the government has snatched from different time periods (surely an attempt to weaponize something, though she’s not high enough in the hierarchy to know what). She falls in love with her time traveler, a man thought dead in an 1850s Arctic expedition. I have a bad track record with time travel romances and this was no different, though I thought it was quite interesting to contrast her refugee heritage (her mother escaped Cambodia; most of her family did not) with the unwilling time traveler’s situation. ( )
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Science Fiction. HTML:"If you're a fan of Outlander, spy novels, time travel books, or just really innovative and fun storytelling, The Ministry of Time is definitely for you." —Town & Country, "45 Must-Read Books of Spring 2024"

Part time travel romance, part spy thriller and 100% "multi-faceted joyride" (Harper's Bazaar, UK): Welcome to The Ministry of Time, the exhilaratingly original debut novel by Kaliane Bradley.
In the near future, a civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and is, shortly afterward, told what project she'll be working on. A recently established government ministry is gathering "expats" from across history to establish whether time travel is feasible—for the body, but also for the fabric of space-time.

She is tasked with working as a "bridge": living with, assisting, and monitoring the expat known as "1847" or Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic, so he's a little disoriented to be living with an unmarried woman who regularly shows her calves, surrounded by outlandish concepts such as "washing machines," "Spotify," and "the collapse of the British Empire." But with an appetite for discovery, a seven-a-day cigarette habit, and the support of a charming and chaotic cast of fellow expats, he soon adjusts.

Over the next year, what the bridge initially thought would be, at best, a horrifically uncomfortable roommate dynamic, evolves into something much deeper. By the time the true shape of the Ministry's project comes to light, the bridge has fallen haphazardly, fervently in love, with consequences she never could have imagined. Forced to confront the choices that brought them together, the bridge must finally reckon with how—and whether she believes—what she does next can change the future.

An exquisitely original and feverishly fun fusion of genres and ideas, The Ministry of Time asks: What does it mean to defy history, when history is living in your house? Kaliane Bradley's answer is a blazing, unforgettable testament to what we owe each other in a changing world.

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