Written by Eloise Williams
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In a nutshell: richly atmospheric mystery set in the dark and dangerous backstreets of Victorian Cardiff | Nansi is fourteen and trying to survive as an orphan in Victorian Wales, Cardiff to be precise. She gets a home and protection of some sort from ‘Pernicious’ Sid, for working at his theatre, and thieving for him on the side. But all certainty in her life vanishes when she discovers that Sid is keeping secrets from her, secrets concerning her own mother. Can Nansi unravel the mystery and find her missing mother? Dark and often scary this is an excellent piece of melodrama for younger readers, setting and characters vividly described. Recommended for fans of Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart books, and you could follow up with some Dickens too. ~ Andrea Reece
A Piece of Passion from Janet Thomas, Editor, Firefly Press: Eloise’s historical thriller is a gripping adventure, full of thieves, crooked mediums, mudlarks, and a threatening asylum. It is Gothic melodrama at its best, headed by a loveable, believable and hugely brave heroine in Nansi, and it exploits all Eloise Williams’s wonderful storytelling skills to the full. We’re so proud of this novel.
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Gaslight by Eloise Williams
1899. All Nansi knows is that her mother disappeared on the day she was fished out of Cardiff docks. She can't remember anything else. Now, with no other family to turn to, she works for Sid at the Empire Theatre, sometimes legally, sometimes thieving to order, trying to earn enough money to hire a detective to find her mother.
Everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre, both with their own dark secrets. Nansi is forced to be part of Violet's crooked psychic act. But it's when Constance recognises her, and realises who her mother must be, that Nansi's world is turned upside down forever. She is soon on the run for her life and she will have to risk everything if she's going to find the truth.
‘A darkly delicious romp through the backstreets of Victorian Cardiff. I loved it!’ Emma Carroll, Frost Hollow Hall, Strange Star
‘Keep an eye out for this firecracker, folks - it’s gorgeously raw, dark and Dickensian.’ Lucy Strange, The Secret of Nightgale Wood.
About the Author
More books by Eloise Williams
Firefly Press Ltd
6th April 2017
Firefly Press Ltd is an imprint of Firefly Press Ltd
Firefly Press is a new children's and YA publisher based in Wales that publishes quality fiction for 5-19 years olds.
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