Frances Hardinge at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Frances Hardinge at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
  • Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen's Square, Bath, BA1 2HN
    Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
    16-18 Queen's Square Bath , BA1 2HN
  • 26/09/2017 19:00 - 26/09/2017 20:00

A Skinful of Shadows an evening with special guest author FRANCES HARDINGE Tuesday 26th September 7pm at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (16-18 Queen's Square, BA1 2HN) If you’ve chatted to our Amy or Emma about excellent, atmospheric fantasy in the last year, you’ve very likely been recommended 'The Lie Tree' by Frances Hardinge – the first novel for young adults to be awarded the Costa Book of the Year Award since 'The Amber Spyglass' by Philip Pullman in 2011. It’s an extraordinary narrative which combines magic and science with deeply insightful writing about identity and the battles of growing up and finding your own way. This autumn we’re thrilled to be hosting Frances for an evening of fascinating history brought to life. Frances’ highly-anticipated new novel 'A Skinful of Shadows', is set in the early part of the English Civil War. It introduces us to a unique young character, Makepeace Danners, who discovers that she has an exceptional hereditary talent - one that is sure to attract the attention of her powerful ancestors, The Felmotte family. Makepeace finds her strength tested, as she struggles to control her incredible gift in this new dark, historical fantasy novel. 'The Lie Tree' quickly made devoted fans of the Mr B’s team. We fell head over heels for Frances’ beautiful use of language, and extraordinary ability to create an uncanny and imaginative worlds as well as a thoroughly compelling story. Join us as we quiz Frances about her new dark, historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny. Tickets £6 each. Ticket price includes author interview and book signing and 15% off all books on the night. To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225 331155, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL

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.