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The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

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This book is wonderful; a gothic tale of magic and mythology in Victorian London, and beyond. “The Oversight” guard the borders between our reality and the other realms, but they are dwindling. Only five remain. They are Sara Falk, who always wears gloves for fear of visions the touch of stone can bring; Mr Sharp whose sword moves impossibly fast; the cook who used to be a pirate; Hodge who can communicate telepathically with his animal charges; and Wayland Smith, far older than he appears. These five bridge the gap and guard the gateways, and are some of the most vivid, exciting and likable characters I have ever met. Likewise the world is vivid and exciting and the adventure and mystery never stop. I couldn’t put it down and also did not want it to end. Needless to say I can’t wait for the sequel. It is compelling, enthralling, dark and, as I said at the start, wonderful.

If you like Charlie Fletcher you might also like to read books by Tim Powers, Ben Aaronovitch and Daniel O'Malley.

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The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

Only five still guard the borders between the worlds. Only five hold back what waits on the other side. Once the Oversight, the secret society that polices the lines between the mundane and the magic, counted hundreds of brave souls among its members. Now their number can be tallied on a single hand. When a drunkard brings a screaming girl to the Oversight's London headquarters, it seems their hopes for a new recruit will be fulfilled - but the girl is a trap, her appearance a puzzle the five remaining guardians must solve or lose each other, and their society, for good. As the borders between the natural and the supernatural begin to break down, brutal murders erupt across the city, the Oversight are torn viciously apart, and their enemies close in for the final blow. This dark Dickensian fantasy spins a tale of witch-hunters, magicians, mirror-walkers and the unlikeliest of heroes drawn from the depths of British folklore. Meet the Oversight, and remember: when they fall, so do we all.


Exciting, exhilarating, scary and moving in equal measure, The Oversight is a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realised. This feels like the start of something amazing -- M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with all the Gifts

Fletcher's Victorian London is juicily vivid, and laced with macabre Dickensian wit. There's a real sense of grim danger, both natural and unnatural, hungrily awaiting the slightest mis-step -- Frances Hardinge

A richly atmospheric and intensely readable slice of Victoriana, with a splendidly eerie sense of the way the unearthly lies cheek-by-jowl with the mundane -- Adam Roberts

About the Author

Charlie Fletcher is a screenwriter and children's author living in Edinburgh. His Stoneheart trilogy has been translated into a dozen languages and the film rights have been sold to Paramount. The first volume, Stoneheart, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His standalone novel for children, Far Rockaway, was published last year to great critical acclaim and has been longlisted for the Carnegie prize. He can be found on twitter at @CharlieFletch_r.

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30th November 1999


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