High vaultage

Chris Sugden


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1887. London, but not as you know it. The Industrial Revolution went further than anyone could have imagined, and the sprawling, chaotic metropolis of Even Greater London spreads across the southern half of England. The immense Tower casts electricity through the sky, powering the mind-boggling mechanisms of the city. The engineer-army of Isambard Kingdom Brunel swarms across the capital, building, demolishing, and rebuilding whatever they see fit. Queen Victoria is recovering nicely from her eleventh assassination, ruling with the dignity that comes from striking terror into anyone who sees the unholy union of human and machine that one has become. And at the heart of all this sits the country’s first Private Investigation Agency.

ISBN: 9781399604161 Category:



‘A joyously funny and absurd steampunk frolic that satirises both the era in which it is set and our own age’

From the creators of the acclaimed audio drama podcast Victoriocity comes a cozy scifi mystery set in the chaotic metropolis of Even Greater London – unmissable for fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

EVEN GREATER LONDON, 1887: a vast, uninterrupted urban plane encompassing the entire lower half of England and, for complex reasons, only the upper third of the Isle of Wight… The immense Tower casts electricity across the sky itself, powering the mind-boggling mechanisms of the city below; the notorious engineer-army swarms through its very veins, building, demolishing, and rebuilding whatever they see fit; and – at the heart of it all – sits the country’s first ever private detective agency.

Archibald Fleet and Clara Entwhistle hoped things would pick up quickly for their new enterprise. No one is taking them seriously, but their break will come soon. Definitely… Probably.

Meanwhile, police are baffled by a series of impossible bank robberies, their resources wholly absorbed by the case. Which means that when a woman witnesses a kidnapping, Fleet-Entwhistle Private Investigations is the only place she can turn for help. Luckily they’re more than happy to oblige.

But what’s the motive behind the kidnap? As Clara and Fleet investigate, they find more than they could ever have imagined…


‘One of the most original stories I’ve read’ ????? NetGalley review
‘Clever, original, funny, sharp, satirical and incredibly entertaining’ ????? NetGalley review
‘My favourite steampunk/humorous alt history novel’ ????? NetGalley review
‘A wonderful escape from real life’ ????? NetGalley review
‘Great fun and endlessly inventive. This was a riotously imaginative read’ ????? NetGalley review
‘Reminds me of the Discworld books, which is NOT a comparison I use lightly’ ????? NetGalley review

Chris and Jen Sugden’s book ‘High Vaultage’ was a No. 5 Sunday Times bestseller w/c 18-03-2024.

Additional information

Weight 0.62 kg
Dimensions 23.8 × 15.4 × 4.2 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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