Gaslight

£6.99

By Eloise Williams | Published April 2017

CHILDREN’S LAUREATE WALES 2019-2021

Cardiff 1899. All Nansi knows is that she and her mother were running away from someone, and then she was being fished out of Cardiff docks with no memory of how she got there. Her mother hasn’t been seen since. With nobody else to turn to, she works for Pernicious Sid at the Empire Theatre. She loves it when she gets the chance to perform and dreams of being a star, but Sid also makes her steal, sneaking into rich houses dressed as a maid, telling her the money will pay for a detective to find out who she is. Life is hard but Nansi is a fighter, determined to protect her friend Bee and, most of all, to find her mother.

Everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre. At first it looks like Violet might be Nansi’s big break, but it’s Con that holds the real secret. Who can Nansi trust? As she starts to get closer to the truth, she’s soon on the run for her life.

Praise for the book


Winner of the Ysgol Bae Baglan Book Awards 2018

Wales Arts Review Young People’s Book of the Year 2017

Shortlisted for the Tir na n-Og Awards 2018

Longlisted for the Shrewsbury Best Book Award 2018

‘A darkly delicious romp through the backstreets of Victorian Cardiff. I loved it!’ Emma Carroll

‘Keep an eye out for this firecracker, folks – it’s gorgeously raw, dark and Dickensian.’ Lucy Strange

Gaslight is a fabulous ride, full of heartstopping moments as Nansi’s fearlessness gets tested to the limit.’ BookTrust

‘a vivid and breath-taking piece of story-telling brilliance.’ Books-a-Go-Go

‘STUNNING. So tense and atmospheric and well written. Perfect for Y6/7/8.’ @MrboothY6

‘A breath taking adventure full of twists, turns and the unexpected, prepare to be shocked and surprised by the glorious Gaslight.’ BookloverJo

Gaslight is the best book I have ever read in my whole entire life. I think you should read it because it is very exciting; it is so so so so so so so so so so so so good.’ Lucy, Y6

‘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, Lovereading4kids

Gaslight is incredibly rich in detail – full of vivid descriptions of a grimy Victorian underworld. You can taste, smell and feel the sooty Cardiff backstreets with every page turn… Whilst the portrait is bleak, the characters zing and sparkle with life – Nansi is bold, feisty and independent; Sid is menacing, evil and intimidating … I loved it and heartily recommend to mature readers age 10 and up. Brilliant for those studying Victorians. ESSENTIAL to schools…’ Family Book Worms

Gaslight is a deliciously dark Victorian tale set in Cardiff in 1899… I particularly liked the depiction of the backstage life of a Victorian theatre with its many dark corridors, trapdoors and stage hands.’ Lynda Waterhouse, Awfully Big Reviews

‘A wonderful Victorian romp with echoes of Dickens … a deliciously dark picture of a life in Victorian Cardiff. From the grimy streets to the spotlit stage, the atmosphere positively draws you in. I loved Nansi; she is bold and brave and doesn’t allow her fears to get the better of her. She’s exactly the sort of heroine I loved reading about when I was a girl! As the plot thickens, the brilliant storytelling takes you on a thrilling journey, with twists galore. The added interest of life in a Victorian theatre and the intrigue behind the scenes ensures Gaslight will entertain all readers!’ The Book Activist

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