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Frances Hardinge - Author

About the Author

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of 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, a few years later a persistent friend 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 Lie Tree is Frances's seventh novel.

 

BookBrunch recently interviewed Frances Hardinge …

Hardinge is only the second children's author - after Philip Pullman - to win Book of the Year since the Costa (previously Whitbread) adopted this format in the mid-Eighties. "That's, of course, one of the reasons why I didn't think I'd get it," she says, with what is becoming known as trademark modesty.

"At first I just felt completely stunned, then I felt stunned, sleep-deprived, and as if somebody had attached me to a sort of media rollercoaster. Now, I'm working my way around to it sometimes actually sinking in. There's been a great deal of happiness throughout. On the occasions where it has sunk in, I have a tendency to giggle… I still can't really quite believe that this is actually happening!"

Click here to read the full and fascinating interview on BookBrunch.

Featured books by Frances Hardinge

Other books by Frances Hardinge

Fearsome Magics

Fearsome Magics

Author: Frances Hardinge, Christopher Priest, Garth Nix, K. J. Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2014

A cabinet of magic! A cavalcade of wonder! A collection of stories both strange and wondrous, of tales filled with wild adventure and strange imaginings. Fearsome Magics, the second New Solaris Book of Fantasy, is all these things and more. It is, we think, one of the best books you will read all year. Award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has invited some of the best and most exciting writers working in fantasy today to let their imaginations run wild and to deliver stories that will thrill and awe, delight and amuse. And above all, stories that are filled with fearsome magic! Authors include Garth Nix, K.J. Parker, Justina Robson, Ellen Klages, Christopher Rowe, Isobelle Carmody, Tony Ballantyne, James Bradley, Karin Tidbeck, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Frances Hardinger, Kaaron Warren, Genevieve Valentine and Robert Shearman.

Das Madchen ohne Maske

Das Madchen ohne Maske

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2014

In der unterirdischen Stadt Caverna erschaffen die Meister ihrer Zunft unvergleichliche Dinge: Weine, die Erinnerungen ausloschen, Kase, die Halluzinationen hervorrufen, und Parfums, die ihren Trager fur andere vertrauenswurdig machen. Die Leute im oberirdischen Caverna sind gewohnlicher, bis auf eines: ihre Gesichter sind leer und reglos wie frischer Schnee. Nur die Mienenschmiede konnen vermitteln, wie man ein Gefuhl zeigt (oder vorspiegelt). In den streng gehuteten Kase-Tunneln dieser misstrauischen Welt lebt Neverfell. Ihr hinter einer Maske verborgenes Gesicht macht sie gefahrlich, und ewig wird es nicht verborgen bleiben.

Cuckoo Song

Cuckoo Song

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

'Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.' Patrick Ness Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge, Costa Award winning author of The Lie Tree, is a fantastically eerie and beautifully written novel, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak. 'What are you doing here?' It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. 'Who do you think you are? This is my family.' When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late . . .

Wunsch Traum Fluch

Wunsch Traum Fluch

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2014

Josh, Ryan und Chelle sind ein unzertrennliches Trio. Jeder von ihnen hat seine Probleme, und gemeinsam unternehmen sie immer etwas Besonderes. Als sie einmal Munzen aus einem Wunschbrunnen klauen, weil ihnen das Busgeld fur die Ruckfahrt fehlt, fangt eine unheimliche Geschichte an, deren Faden sie selbst uberhaupt nicht mehr in der Hand haben. Sie bemerken seltsame Veranderungen an sich selbst und tauchen in fremde Leben ein. In einer feinen Mischung aus Realismus und Fantastik erzhlt Frances Hardinge eine absolut ungewhnliche Geschichte mit Spannung und Tiefe.

A Face Like Glass

A Face Like Glass

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

the most enjoyable children's book of the year so far Sunday Times This unusual and highly imaginative fantasy from Frances Hardinge is spellbinding: sophisticated, multi-layered and elegantly written. Booktrust Weird and wonderful. Evening Standard It would be hard to imagine any book by Frances Hardinge being anything but excellent. Bookbag I loved this book! ... Face Like Glass: it's a sweet little onion of a story - layer on layer of plot, and characters, and realisations British Fantasy Society In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear - at a price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . .

A Face Like Glass

A Face Like Glass

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/05/2012

In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear - at a price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . .

Twilight Robbery

Twilight Robbery

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2011

Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent are in trouble again. Escaping disaster by the skin of their teeth, they find refuge in Toll, the strange gateway town where visitors may neither enter nor leave without paying a price. By day, the city is well-mannered and orderly; by night, it's the haunt of rogues and villains. Wherever there's a plot, there's sure to be treachery, and wherever there's treachery, there's sure to be trouble - and where there's trouble, Clent, Mosca and the web-footed apocalypse Saracen can't be far behind. But as past deeds catch up with them and old enemies appear, it looks as if this time there's no way out . . .

Twilight Robbery

Twilight Robbery

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

'Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.' Patrick Ness The thrilling sequel to Frances Hardinge's debut novel Fly By Night, Twilight Robbery is a fast-paced and imaginative adventure. Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent are in trouble again. Escaping disaster by the skin of their teeth, they find refuge in Toll, the strange gateway town where visitors may neither enter nor leave without paying a price. By day, the city is well-mannered and orderly; by night, it's the haunt of rogues and villains. Wherever there's a plot, there's sure to be treachery, and wherever there's treachery, there's sure to be trouble - and where there's trouble, Clent, Mosca and the web-footed apocalypse Saracen the goose can't be far behind. But as past deeds catch up with them and old enemies appear, it looks as if this time there's no way out . . .

Fly By Night

Fly By Night

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2011

'Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.' Patrick Ness Fly By Night is a breathtaking adventure story, set in reimagined eighteenth-century England, and is the stunning debut novel from Frances Hardinge, author of the Costa Award winning The Lie Tree. As the realm struggles to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and tyranny, a twelve-year-old orphan and her loyal companion, a grumpy goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a radical revolution. Mosca Mye is on the run, heading for the city of Mandelion. There she finds herself living by her wits among cut-throat highwaymen, spies and smugglers. With peril at every turn, Mosca uncovers a dark plot to terrorize the people of Mandelion, and soon merry mayhem leads to murder . . . Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge has an unforgettable cast of characters and an inspiring message at its heart - sometimes the power of words can change the world! Fly By Night is followed by its thrilling sequel, Twilight Robbery.

Gullstruck Island

Gullstruck Island

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2009

On Gullstruck Island the volcanoes quarrel, beetles sing danger and occasionally a Lost is born . . . In the village of the Hollow Beasts live two sisters. Arilou is a Lost - a child with the power to depart her body and mind-fly with the winds - and Hathin is her helper. Together they hide a dangerous secret. Until sinister events threaten to uncover it. With a blue-skinned hunter on their trail and a dreadlocked warrior beside them, they must escape. Can the fate of two children decide the future of Gullstruck Island? Discover a dazzling world, a breathtaking heroine . . . and an incredible adventure. For on the island of Gullstruck nothing is exactly as it seems! With a cast of larger-than-life characters, this is a richly imagined adventure no child will be able to put down - or ever forget!

Verdigris Deep

Verdigris Deep

Author: Frances Hardinge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2008

Verdigris n. a blue-green rust that tarnishes ageing and forgotten copper coins, altering them entirely . . . One evening, Ryan and his friends steal some coins from a well. Soon after, strange things begin to happen. Peculiar marks burn on Ryan's knuckles and light bulbs mysteriously explode. Then the well witch appears, with her fountains for eyes and gargled demands. From now on the children must serve her - and the wishes rotting at the bottom of her well. In the tradition of truly fantastic story-telling, VERDIGRIS DEEP is darkly witty, utterly creepy and clever.

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