Released on 20 October 2016.

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The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

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For ages 12+
3.87 based on 9643 ratings & 1659 reviews on


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

a gorgeously creepy new edition of the Costa Book Award-winning The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Who could be better to provide evocative artwork for this than Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell? It’s a real treat of a book – perhaps even more satisfying if you’re buying it for yourself and reading on a damp and dark Sunday afternoon from the comfort of the sofa…
Down the Rabbit Hole blog
Stylishly imaginative.
New Statesman
Throwing evolution, feminism and revenge tragedy together, The Lie Tree is a thrilling, gleamingly involving novel that anyone might enjoy, with gorgeous, lush writing matched by a vividly hooking plot.
The Literary Review