In her visionary novel, Anna Smaill creates a world where music has replaced the written word and memories are carried as physical objects.
In a reimagined London, memory is forbidden by the Order, whose vast musical instrument, the Carillon, renders the population amnesiac. An orphaned young man discovers he has a gift that could change all of this forever. Slowly, inexplicably, Simon is beginning to remember - to wake up. He and his friend Lucien travel to the Order’s stronghold in Oxford, where they learn that nothing they ever believed about their world is true.