Cover design by Anne Glenn

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

‘In a strong list of books for children and young people, the winner this year is a book that has everybody talking about it. Eloise Williams’s dark and Dickensian thriller brings to life the backstreets of Victorian Cardiff with the unforgettable heroine, Nansi. The atmospheric storytelling will have you gripped from the first page.’ Wales Arts Review.


‘A darkly delicious romp through the backstreets of Victorian Cardiff. I loved it!’ Emma Carroll. Author of  Letters from the Lighthouse, Strange Star, In Darkling Wood, Frost Hollow Hall, The Girl Who Walked on Air.

“an absolute firecracker of a book – gorgeously raw, dark and Dickensian… dreamlike and intoxicating… genuinely terrifying… so wonderfully atmospheric I could almost smell the greasepaint…” Lucy Strange. Author of The Secret of Nightingale Wood.


Winner of the YBB Book Awards!

Shortlisted for the Welsh Books Council Tir na nOg Award 2018 

Longlisted for the Shrewsbury Best Book Award 2018

Chosen as one of MG Books of the Year – Family Bookworms Awards 2017

GWALES Bestseller April 2017

Book of the Week , South Wales Evening Post

Chosen as one of the BooksforTopics Best Books of 2017! –

“For me it’s Gaslight by Eloise Williams. The Victorian setting of Cardiff is so beautifully crafted. It leaps off the page! Add in a terrific action packed plot and a new brilliant protagonist in Nansi and you’ve got an absolute belter of a book.” Finian Black, author of children’s book ‘The Final Raven’

Chosen as one of MrDaviesReads Top Books of 2017!

‘There’s no better recommendation than the children in my class hanging onto every word as the book drew to its conclusion.’

Gaslight is set in the beautiful and brilliant Cardiff the glorious city where I was born, spent most of my school holidays, worked in Howells Department Store, and then went to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  I loves (sic) it there. 

‘It is books like Gaslight that are behind comments from booksellers about how the best writing is often to be found in the children’s and young adult sections.’ Tamsin Rosewell. Kenilworth Books.

“I hadn’t intended to read another entire book today but this is 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.

“Brilliant for those studying Victorians. ESSENTIAL to schools…”

‘…it’s a fantastic read that has given me a whole host of lesson ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to begin sharing with my class next week.’ Mr Davies Reads. 

A change from the many stories set in Victorian London, this popular new novel finds its setting in nineteenth-century Cardiff. With a gripping plot from start to finish, this book tells the story of a young girl called Nansi, who tries to survive the bleak reality of being impoverished and female in the perilous streets… The cast of characters, each with their own quests and secrets, shines out exuberantly against the grimy backdrop of the setting. We love the richly evocative narrative that seamlessly immerses readers into its extraordinary world and leaves them desperate for more.

‘A deliciously dark, historical thriller that is evocative and intriguing. Wonderfully atmospheric with a determined, feisty heroine and a menacing villain who has a distinctive Dickensian flavour. A great gift and perfect for book group discussion.’ Zoe Williams, South Wales Evening Post – Book of the Week.