The Lie Tree Special Edition Book of the Year

by Frances Hardinge

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Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015.

Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding in this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the local caves she had recently visited with him. Discovering the extraordinary Lie Tree which thrives off hearing lies and, in turn, reveals secrets long kept hidden Faith begins to uncover a web of secrets and mysteries that will change her view of the world forever. Faith is a feisty heroine whose courage combined with a determination that girls can be brave and resolute leads to the exposure of much dishonesty and many deceptions. Julia Eccleshare

James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical, this is a fantastic story with great central characters and narrative tension.  It’s not only a fabulous children’s book but a book that readers of all ages will love.”

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E.

The Lie Tree Special Edition Book of the Year Synopsis

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed author, Frances Hardinge. It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge - called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen. Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot supress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father's journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith's search for the tree leads her into great danger - for where lies seduce, truths shatter...

The Lie Tree Special Edition Book of the Year Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Edel Waugh - '. I really enjoyed this story, mystery, magic and no good neighbours on a small island where this feisty young girl quickly learns who friend and foe are.'
  • Izzy Read - 'Overall, with unexpected plot twists, lies, a mystery and the tale of underdog, I loved The Lie Tree and hope it gets the credit it deserves!'
  • Jessica Anderson - 'a completely original read...This book was so thrilling, it sucked me in after the first few pages.'
  • Destiny Maraj - 'quite enjoyable and a good read!'
  • Benedict Simpson - 'I found this book a bit hard to get started but as I got to the climax I could barely put it down!'
  • Katherine Sheldon - 'a brilliant book...it is one of the best books I have reviewed yet!!'
  • Poppy - 'I found 'The Lie Tree' simply captivating, a truly fantastic book. I could not put it down, there was a constant cliff-hanging edge to it, that made it impossible for me to stop reading. I loved it.'
  • Ella Hollingshead - 'A fantastic novel that will appeal to readers of the mystery genre.'

The Lie Tree Special Edition Book of the Year Press Reviews

'Fun and ingenious, with plenty of cliffhangers [and] a healthy dash of feminism' Guardian Review

'Hardinge is a hugely talented writer of tireless invention and prose' Guardian

'Hardinge writes with energy and verve' The Times

'Brilliant, dark, thrilling, utterly original Patrick Ness I loved this book so much' Lucy Mangan

'A sinuously beguiling tale of faith, science and murder' Sunday Times News Review

'A substantial text that is complex and intelligent: a lustrous, delicious romp about evolution and feminism ... The vivid, beautifully powerful whole plays with genre, language and expectation' -- Philip Womack Daily Telegraph

'This historical fantasy, written with Hardinge's rare precision and originality of language, illuminates the Victorian age and resonates for ours.' -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year

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ISBN: 9781509832651
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Publisher: Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509832651
Publication date: 10th March 2016
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Frances Hardinge

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.   ...

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