A Skinful of Shadows

3.92 based on 19 ratings & 21 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan

Publication date: 21.09.2017
ISBN: 9781509837540
Number of pages: 432

Synopsis

Frances Hardinge weaves another darkly extraordinary tale in A Skinful of Shadows, her follow-up to the Costa Award-winning novel The Lie Tree.

'Hardinge is an unusual talent who deserves to be read by children and adults alike' - Guardian

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.

And now there's a spirit inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

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Frances Hardinge at Waterstones Piccadilly

Frances Hardinge at Waterstones Piccadilly

  • Waterstones Piccadilly
    Waterstones Piccadilly
    Waterstones Piccadilly 203 - 206 Piccadilly London, W1J 9HD UNITED KINGDOM
  • 25 September 2017 19:00
25 September 2017 07:00Z 25 September 2017 08:00Z

An Evening with Frances Hardinge " " " "oin the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree for an exclusive first look at her highly-anticipated new novel, A Skinful of Shadows. " " " "Fra...

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Frances Hardinge at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Frances Hardinge at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

  • Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
    Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
    16-18 Queen's Square Bath , BA1 2HN
  • 26 September 2017 19:00
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A Skinful of Shadows " "an evening with special guest author " "FRANCES HARDINGE " "Tuesday 26th September " "7pm at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (16-18 Queen's Square, BA1 2H...

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