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Frances Hardinge

  • 4 stars across 17 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 n... More

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    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... More

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    5th May 2016

    Mystery & Mayhem

    Enthralling children's fiction for everyone who loves Robin Steven's Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries and Frances Hard... More

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    31st October 2019

    Deeplight

    'One of our finest storytellers' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent 'Pure magic' M.R. Carey, author o... More

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    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... More

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    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 ... More

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    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... More

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    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... More

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    1st March 2011

    Twilight Robbery

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

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    1st February 2007

    Fly-by-night

    "Fly-by-Night" was not the best choice for an eleven-year-old girl who had never ridden before; but as soon as Ruth Holl... More

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