The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

Frances Hardinge

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Age 12 +
20 October 2016
416 pages


A dark, powerful story of science, loss and truth in Victorian England, The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge won the prestigious Costa Book of the Year Award. This special edition includes beautiful, original illustrations from 2015–2017 Children's Laureate, multiple Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author of the Ottoline series, Chris Riddell.

'Fun and ingenious, with plenty of cliffhangers [and] a healthy dash of feminism' – Guardian

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 suppress. 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.

His journals tell 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 . . .

'Brilliant, dark, thrilling, utterly original' – Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls

'I can't think of anyone who would not love this story' – Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library

Fun and ingenious, with plenty of cliffhangers [and] a healthy dash of feminism.
Hardinge is a hugely talented writer of tireless invention and prose.
Hardinge writes with energy and verve.