Released on 08 May 2014.

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2015 Short-listed

The CILIP Carnegie Medal

2015 Winner

British Fantasy Awards Best Fantasy Novel

2015 Short-listed

BSFA Award for Best Novel

Synopsis

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

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge, Costa Award winning author of The Lie Tree, is a fantastically eerie and beautifully written novel, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak.

'What are you doing here?' It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. 'Who do you think you are? This is my family.'

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out.

Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late . . .

In the media

A strange tale of fantastical beings, strange occurrences, buried secrets and ultimately, family relationships of all shapes and sizes
under-mountain.blogspot.co.uk
This book is a work of art. Every sentence is an elegant, perfectly constructed gem
thewhisperingofthepages.blogspot.co.uk
This multi-layered fantastical novel is one to curl up with and savour. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Guardian