Frances Hardinge wins the
Costa Book Award 2015
27 January 2016
By Macmillan Children's Books
We're incredibly proud that Frances Hardinge's children's book, The Lie Tree, has been announced as the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.
This is only the second time in the prize's history that a children's novel has been named Costa Book of the Year. The previous children's novel to win was Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in 2002.
On receiving the award Hardinge said:
'For those people who might be hearing this who think that children's and YA fiction is not their thing please do come and explore - there's a beautiful jungle out there'
The judges agreed that Hardinge's wonderfully atmospheric Victorian murder mystery would 'grip readers of all ages'.
When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies.
Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets. But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter....
Read an extract
Listen to an audio clip of The Lie Tree read by Emilia Fox.
Frances on the ideas behind The Lie Tree