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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

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

About Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, a few years later a persistent friend finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. She has since written many highly acclaimed children's novels including, Fly By Night's sequel, Twilight Robbery, as well as the Carnegie shortlisted Cuckoo Song and the Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree.

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About Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001 and 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.

Photo © Jo Riddell

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Books by Frances Hardinge

Twilight Robbery
Twilight Robbery
Fly By Night
Fly By Night
The Lie Tree Special Edition
The Lie Tree Special Edition
A Face Like Glass
A Face Like Glass
Verdigris Deep
Verdigris Deep
The Lie Tree
The Lie Tree
Cuckoo Song
Cuckoo Song
Gullstruck Island
Gullstruck Island

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Frances Hardinge’s <i>The Lie Tree</i> grows from strength to strength since Costa Book of the Year win

Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree grows from strength to strength since Costa Book of the Year win

11 May 2016

By Macmillan Children's Books

Macmillan Children’s Books is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of a beautiful gift edition of Frances Hardinge’s extraordinary Costa Book of the Year The Lie Tree, illustrated by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

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