Upcoming events in Edinburgh & Birmingham, Chapter 18 of my free online novel

Hi guys!

A few updates on various authorly goings-on:


27th Feb: Alice Oseman in conversation with Lauren James – Portobello Bookshop, Edinburgh, details here

26th March: Chairing An Evening With Natasha Pulley and Zen Cho – Waterstones Birmingham, details here

10-13 April: Eastercon 2020, Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel

18 April: Panel with Tom Pollock at Pleasance, Edinburgh Science Festival – tickets here

An Unauthorised Fan Treatise up to chapter 18 (20 if you’re following along on my Patreon), and it’s a great time to dive in, if you haven’t started reading yet! There are going to be around 30 updates in total, running until May.

ch 18


Chapter 1 – The Undeniable Facts

Chapter 2 – Evidence of Nathan’s Sexuality

Chapter 3 – Rob’s Social Media Presence

Chapter 4 – Manipulation in Media Narrative by Management

Chapter 5 – The Beginning of the End for Silentwakes

Chapter 6 –  Net Worth and Property

Chapter 7 – New Evidence Uncovered by this Essay

Chapter 8 – A Warning to the Commenters

Chapter 9 – The Unravelling of the Sockpuppets

Chapter 10 – I NEED HELP

Chapter 11 – Plagiarism and Pirating

Chapter 12 – An Explanation for the Drama

Chapter 13 – Silentwakes’ Last Stand

Chapter 14 – Laptop Analysis

Chapter 15 – Mistaken Unverified Claims

Chapter 16 – IP Addresses Of Essay Commenters (or, The Spy Among Us)

Chapter 17 – Rob’s Online Activity (cont.)

Chapter 18 – Acquisition Hypothesis

In other news:

I announced that I’m writing a sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker, which will be released in August 2020 (Goodreads). I’m just finishing up the structural edits on it right now, and I love Hugo and Dorian so so much.

Recent favourite reads –

Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan –  a collection of horror short stories, containing a lot of scottish mythology. Truly delicious

The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters by Charlotte Mosley – I’ve decided to cultivate an obsession with the Mitfords in 2020, and after reading The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, this was my first port of call. Absolutely the right move – I couldn’t stop reading, and fell headfirst into their insane world of celebrity friendships, political squabbles and betrayals and deaths. I now want five sisters to become penpals with.

Educated by Tara Westover – A wild ride through the deep South of the USA, this was a real insight into the mindset that drives people to join cults/isolate their families. I cringed so much at some of the things Tara went through, which is the sign of a really good memoir writer.


A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson – An intricate, unpredictable and truly modern murder mystery – Gottie would love this one.

Crowded by Christopher Sebela – a graphic novel series about a crowdfunded assassination target running for her life with her hired bodyguard, and getting into lots of trouble along the way.

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street #2) by Natasha Pulley – Plotted as intricately as clockwork, this weaves together historical political warfare with electromagnetic science research and magical clairvoyance. (#gifted)


Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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