Frances Hardinge

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Frances Hardinge
Born 1973
Occupation Novelist
Nationality English British
Genre Young adult fiction
Notable works
Notable awards

Frances Hardinge (born 1973)[1] is a British children's writer. Her debut novel, Fly By Night, won the 2006 Branford Boase Award and was listed as one of the School Library Journal Best Books,[2][3][4] while her 2015 novel The Lie Tree won the 2015 Costa Book Award, the first children's book to do so since Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in 2001.[5] She has also been shortlisted and achieved a number of other awards for both her novels as well as some of her short stories.[2] Hardinge is often seen wearing a black hat and enjoys dressing in old-fashioned clothing.[1][6]


Hardinge was born in Brighton, England, and dreamed of writing at the age of four. She studied English at Somerville College, University of Oxford and was the founder member of a writers' workshop there.[1][6]

Her writing career started after she won a short story magazine competition. Shortly after winning she wrote Fly By Night in her spare time and showed it to Macmillan Publishers after pressure from a friend.[1][6] Twilight Robbery is a sequel to Fly by Night, featuring again the young heroine Mosca Mye, her pet goose Saracen, and Eponymous Clent, a conman.

Awards and honors[edit]



Hardinge's first six novels were all published in the UK by Macmillan Children's Books.[11]

While Fly By Night was being finalised for publication, Hardinge signed a deal with Macmillan Publishers to produce three further novels.[1]

Short fiction[edit]

Hardinge has written several short stories published in magazines and anthologies.[11][12]

  • "Shining Man", The Dream Zone 8 (Jan 2001)
  • "Communion", Wordplay 1 (Spring 2002)
  • "Captive Audience", Piffle 7 (Oct 2002)
  • "Bengal Rose", Scribble 20 (Spring 2003)
  • "Black Grass", All Hallows 43 (Summer 2007)
  • "Halfway House", Alchemy 3 (Jan 2006)
  • "Behind The Mirror", serialised in First News (2007)
  • "Payment Due", in Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, ed. Jonathan Strahan (Random House, 2012)
  • "Flawless", in Twisted Winter, ed. Catherine Butler (Black, 2013)
  • "Hayfever", Subterranean, Winter 2014 (Dec 2013)
  • TBC, in Mystery & Mayhem, (Egmont Publishing, 2016)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Frances Hardinge Biography". Kidzworld. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
  2. ^ a b "The Library: Awards and Prizes". Frances Hardinge's Dark Tower. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  3. ^ "Branford Boase Award 2006". The Branford Boase Award. 2006. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  4. ^ Jones, Trevelyn; Toth, Luann; Charnizon, Marlene; Grabarek, Daryl; Fleishhacker, Joy (2006-12-01). "Best Books 2006". School Library Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-06-08.
  5. ^ Brown, Mark (2016-01-26). "Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree wins Costa book of the year 2015". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  6. ^ a b c "Frances' Biography". Frances Hardinge's Dark Tower. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  7. ^ "Previous Winners". The Branford Boase Award. 2006 Winner. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  8. ^ "2015 Costa Category Award Winners" (PDF). Costa Coffee. Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  9. ^ Drabble, Emily (2016-01-04). "Frances Hardinge scoops the Costa children's book award 2015 with The Lie Tree". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  10. ^ "2015 Book of the Year" (PDF). The Costa Book Awards. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  11. ^ a b "Frances Hardinge – Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 2014-10-18. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  12. ^ "The Library: Short Stories". Frances Hardinge's Dark Tower. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-18.

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