The Starlight Watchmaker

Nominated for the Carnegie medal 2020

Shortlisted for the STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2020

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Cover designed by Helen Crawford-White.

Wealthy students from across the galaxy come to learn at the prestigious academy where Hugo toils as a watchmaker. But he is one of the lucky ones. Many androids like him are jobless and homeless. Someone like Dorian could never understand their struggle – or so Hugo thinks when the pompous duke comes banging at his door. But when Dorian’s broken time-travel watch leads them to discover a sinister scheme, the pair must reconcile their differences if they are to find the culprit in time.

A wildly imaginative sci-fi adventure from YA star Lauren James, particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+.

The Starlight Watchmaker is a 20,000 word novella published in paperback and eBook by Barrington Stoke. The sequel The Deep-Sea Duke is out now. Read the first chapter here.

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“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

“An enthralling sci-fi adventure that has shades of Star Trek while exploring themes of discrimination and class.” – South Wales Evening Post

“This mystery story is a fun and easy read with a twist in the end. Highly recommended.” – The Book Curator


Fanart by Laya aroaessidhe

Buy a Hugo (tattooed android) pin on my Etsy


Moodboard about the book



Hugo (voice)  – Eddie Redmayne

Dorian (voice) – Jack Farthing

Ada (voice) – Phoebe Waller-Bridge


Campus//Vampire Weekend

Like Real People Do//Hozier

Death of a Bachelor//Panic! at the Disco

When the Party’s Over//Kina Grannis


Moodboard by charlottesomewhere

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