“A rich and brilliantly bonkers story of aliens and androids. Its themes of social justice and equality really set it apart in the sci-fi genre.” – The Belfast Telegraph about The Starlight Watchmaker.
When Hugo and Ada travel to their friend Dorian’s planet for the holidays, android Hugo is anxious about being accepted by Dorian’s powerful family. But when they arrive on Hydrox, there are more pressing things to worry about, as the planet has been overrun by refugee butterflies. Displaced from their home by climate change, the butterflies have been offered sanctuary
by Dorian’s parents, but they’re quickly running out of space. Meanwhile, beneath the seas, a strange creature is wreaking all kinds of havoc …
Can Hugo, Dorian and Ada step in before the crisis gets out of control?
Lauren James dives into a strange new world with a truly imaginative look at the climate crisis in this breathtaking companion to The Starlight Watchmaker.
Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 12+, this is a sequel to The Starlight Watchmaker, which was shortlisted for the STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2020 and nominated for the Carnegie medal. The second book in The Watchmaker and the Duke series is a 17,000 word novella is published in paperback and eBook by Barrington Stoke. Read the first chapter here.
“Curious and anarchic fun . . . themes around diversity, equality and the environment that are treated in a light touch fashion and without being preachy.” – The Letterbox Project
Art of Hugo, Dorian, Ada and a butterfly by quietsouvenir
- Climate change in The Deep-Sea DukeThe Deep-Sea Duke is out now! You can read the first chapter here on Archive of Our Own. (My account there also contains over 70,000 words of deleted scenes and short stories from the worlds of my other novels.) InContinue reading “Climate change in The Deep-Sea Duke”
- Introducing The Deep-Sea Duke + reading the first chapter – sci-fi novella publishing 4th Feb!Read the first chapter here. When Hugo and Ada travel to their friend Dorian’s planet for the holidays, android Hugo is anxious about being accepted by Dorian’s powerful family. But when they arrive on Hydrox, there are more pressing thingsContinue reading “Introducing The Deep-Sea Duke + reading the first chapter – sci-fi novella publishing 4th Feb!”
- Cover reveal for The Deep-Sea DukeI’m so excited to share the cover of The Deep-Sea Duke, coming out with Barrington Stoke in Feb 2021. This is set on an underwater planet, who are facing a climate crisis as refugees from a nearby planet keep arriving.Continue reading “Cover reveal for The Deep-Sea Duke”