A Face Like Glass

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'Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.' Patrick Ness

A Face Like Glass is an astonishing and imaginative novel from the Costa Award winning author of The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge.

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 . . .

With an intriguing plot about Neverfell's search for her own lost history and a court full of deceivers and plotters who wish to make use of her transparency, this is the most enjoyable children's book of the year so far.
The Sunday Times
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

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. Cuckoo Song is Frances's sixth novel.

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Twilight Robbery
Twilight Robbery
Fly By Night
Fly By Night
The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
The Lie Tree Special Edition
The Lie Tree Special Edition
Gullstruck Island
Gullstruck Island
Verdigris Deep
Verdigris Deep
The Lie Tree
The Lie Tree
Cuckoo Song
Cuckoo Song