The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

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Publication date: 20.10.2016
ISBN: 9781509837564
Number of pages: 0


Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed author, Frances Hardinge, and illustrated by Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell

It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge - called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen.

Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot supress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father's journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith's search for the tree leads her into great danger - for where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition is packed full of gorgeous black and white illustrations by triple Kate Greenaway Medal winning-illustrator, Chris Riddell, author of the Goth Girl and Ottoline series.

'Brilliant, dark, thrilling, utterly original' Patrick Ness

'The Lie Tree is a wonder. I can't think of anyone who would not love this story' Matt Haig

'I loved this book so much' Lucy Mangan

'Complex and intelligent: a lustrous, delicious romp.' Philip Womack, The Telegraph

In the media

This historical fantasy, written with Hardinge's rare precision and originality of language, illuminates the Victorian age and resonates for ours.
The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year
It has been quite a year for this duo: Hardinge claimed the Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, while Riddell scored his third Kate Greenaway Medal for The Sleeper and the Spindle. This is an illustrated hardback edition of Hardinge’s text, rather wonderfully born out of Riddell’s margin-doodling, which he shared on Instagram. The combination is an intriguing one: I’ve had but a glimpse and can’t wait to see how Riddell interprets the dark, powerful story.
YA Book Prize Blog
Fun and ingenious, with plenty of cliffhangers [and] a healthy dash of feminism.
Guardian Review