Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge

Twilight Robbery

Written by Frances Hardinge

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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 the city of Toll, a magical place which no one can enter or leave without paying a price. With an inventive cast of remarkable characters, a city which has a life of its own and a lot of trickery and treachery, this is a hugely entertaining roller coaster of a fantasy that picks up threads from previous stories while creating a magic of its own.

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Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge

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 ...


'.. characters are richly described and colourful, the action vivid and breathtaking .. A suspenseful tale with an inspiring and unlikely heroine, it raised hairs on the back of my neck.' Brynnie Rafe, 10, one of the winners of the Guardian Young Critics' Prize 2011.

'This excellent book feels fast-paced, and there is a lot of action in its 500 pages. But in fact the reader soon becomes aware that Ms Hardinge is having a lot of fun playing with language, as descriptions, wry asides and colourful examples of thieves' cant cram the pages. This makes reading the book a rich and satisfying experience, and we look forward impatiently to further accounts of Mosca's adventures.' The Bookbag

About the Author

Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write 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 and she won the Branford Boase First Novel Award in 2006 with her debut, Fly By Night. Her subsequent novels, including Cuckoo Song and A Face like Glass are universally critically acclaimed and have been shortlisted for multiple awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. The Lie Tree,winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015 and the Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year 2015 is her seventh novel.

BookBrunch recently interviewed Frances Hardinge …

"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.

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528 pages
Interest Age: From 8 To 99


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

1st March 2012




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