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Surprise! I have a SECOND BOOK coming out this year!

The Starlight Watchmaker is a novella about a lonely android watchmaker at an alien academy, and the pompous Duke who drags him out of his attic workshop. It's coming out in paperback in July with Barrington Stoke, and it's designed to be really readable for struggling readers.

I had so much fun writing this, as I basically combined all of my favourite things into one story. There are hints of Binti, Starfleet Academy from Star Trek, Saga and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. It's full of sentient volcanoes, bicycle-riding-butterflies, clockwork and gears.

I can't wait to tell you more about it over the next three months - and show you the gorgeous cover!

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 which will be published in paperback and eBook by Barrington Stoke on 16th July 2019. 

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And as you may have seen, The Quiet at the End of the World is out now! SFX said “A controlled yet elegantly light touch makes The Quiet at the End of the World a credible, hugely rewarding read.” 
Here's some stuff I've posted: 

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones | Foyles | Wordery | eBook providers | Signed copies from Forbidden Planet

 Tumblr tag | Read the first chapter on Wattpad

Upcoming Events

Monthly: Sparks Young Writers classes, Rugby, Years 5-9 – book here – Upcoming dates: April 6, 2019, May 11, 2019, June 15, 2019, July 6, 2019 

Monthly: WritersHQ writing retreats at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, – details here – Upcoming dates: 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May, 22nd June, 27th July

26th March: Wandsworth Schools Fabulous Book Award

7th April: In conversation with Alice Oseman at Foyles Birmingham – details here

8th June:  CYMERA: Scotland’s festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance – Details here

10th July: Liverpool Children’s Festival of Reading

26- 28th July – YALC – Details here

Aug 15th-19th: Worldcon 2019, Dublin – Details here

The number one way a book spreads is through word of mouth. If you like my writing, please spread the word!

If you're an aspiring author you may be interested in my editorial critique services.

The current cheapest places to buy my books are:
The Next Together - W H Smith (£5.75)
The Last Beginning - W H Smith (£5.75)
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe - W H Smith (£5.19) - but keep an eye on Amazon as they frequently reduce it to £3.75
The Quiet at the End of the World - Amazon UK (£7.03)


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Lauren James
Walker Books
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