Frances Hardinge - Author Picture

Frances Hardinge - 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. She has since written many highly acclaimed children's novels including, Fly By Night's sequel, Twilight Robbery, as well as the Carnegie shortlisted Cuckoo Song and the Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree.

Author photo © David Levenson

Featured Books, with extracts, by Frances Hardinge

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
October 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles over with brilliant ideas in a fast-paced and thought-provoking adventure encompassing families, a very special kind of haunting,...
Lovereading Price: £10.39 - Saving £2.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
Info Extract Buy

The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
Frances Hardinge - illustrated by Chris Riddell
A beautiful illustrated gift edition of Frances Hardinge's 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...
Lovereading Price: £10.39 - Saving £2.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
Info Extract Buy

Reader ReviewedThe Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
Info Extract Buy

Reader ReviewedCuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - May 2014 Book of the Month Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
Info Extract Buy

Twilight Robbery
Frances Hardinge
March 2012 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2011. Award winning Frances Hardinge's first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
Info Extract Buy

Twilight Robbery
Frances Hardinge
One of the 4 titles shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2011. Award winning Frances Hardinge's first novel Fly By Night starred Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent. Now they are back for a thrilling new adventure in the city...
Lovereading Price: £7.99 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/03/2011
Info Extract Buy

Gullstruck Island
Frances Hardinge
A hugely imaginative and inventive fantasy, Gullstruck Island is the wonderful creation of a whole new world in which some of the strangest things happen. Arilou is a Lost, a special child who has the ability to mind-fly with the...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2010
Info Extract Buy

Gullstruck Island
Frances Hardinge
A hugely imaginative and inventive fantasy, Gullstruck Island is the wonderful creation of a whole new world in which some of the strangest things happen. Arilou is a Lost, a special child who has the ability to mind-fly with the...
Lovereading Price: £8.00 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/01/2009
Info Extract Buy

Fly By Night
Frances Hardinge
A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011. Winner of the Branford Boase prize, this may not at first seem an obvious choice for young teenagers to pick up and read but what is quite certain is that it is...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2006
Info Extract Buy

Fly By Night
Frances Hardinge
12+ years. Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2006. Fly By Night is a wholly original fantasy peopled with a cast of unusual characters whose adventures unravel at a breathtaking pace. Mosca runs away from home with a manic goose...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/10/2005
Info Extract Buy

Loading other books by Frances Hardinge...


Author Info

Author's Website

www.franceshardinge.com/

Did you know

At Lovereading4kids you can download and read an Opening Extract and an online review of books by Frances Hardinge and hundreds of other authors.


I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.

Alexander Boxall – age 11

It’s really exciting to read and review new books, thrilling to see my reviews online and I love finding the final published copies on sale.

Sam Harper – age 10

Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

Lovereading is just a convenient way to find new books and hear others opinions on them.

Sarah Murray – age 15

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

It has introduced my children to books we hadn’t come across before. Real children’s reviews gives a great insight into what others think to

Lorraine Woods

I love all the books they recommend & put up for me to review. I also love the fact that they give new authors the chance to share their boo

Daisy Pennock – age 15
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools
****