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Frances Hardinge

  • 4 stars across 20 books
Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, by this time a persistent friend had finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of  Fly By Night  , her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. The sequel,  Twilight Robbery  , was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. She has also written many other highly acclaimed novels including  Verdigris Deep, Cuckoo Song   and the Costa Award winning   The Lie Tree  .

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22nd March 2018

The Lie Tree

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015. The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric novel by Frances Hard... MoreThe Lie Tree

(13 reviews) Review
21st September 2017

A Skinful of Shadows

Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017. 'A Skinful of Shadows confirms Hardinge's status as on... MoreA Skinful of Shadows

(7 reviews) Review
5th May 2016

Mystery & Mayhem

Enthralling children's fiction for everyone who loves Robin Steven's Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries and Frances Hardin... MoreMystery & Mayhem

(5 reviews) Review
31st October 2019


'One of our finest storytellers' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent'Pure magic' M.R. Carey, author of The Girl Wit... MoreDeeplight

(3 reviews) Review
28th February 2013

Face Like Glass

"the most enjoyable children's book of the year so far" Sunday Times "This unusual and highly imaginative fantasy from F... MoreFace Like Glass

(1 review) Review
20th October 2016

The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed ... MoreThe Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

(1 review) Review
7th October 2005

Fly By Night

In a fractured realm, struggling to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and religious tyranny, a twelve-ye... MoreFly By Night

(1 review) Review
22nd February 2018

Fly By Night: World Book Day 2018

'Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.' Patrick NessFly By Night is the stunnning debut novel fro... MoreFly By Night: World Book Day 2018

(1 review) Review
1st March 2011

Twilight Robbery

'Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.' Patrick Ness The thrilling sequel to Frances Hardinge... MoreTwilight Robbery

(0 reviews) Review
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