Illustrating The Lie Tree

Illustrating The Lie Tree
Location: Cheltenham Ladies College
Cheltenham Ladies College

Date: 09/10/2016 04:45 - 09/10/2016 04:45

The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel, and was the 2015 Costa Book of the Year. Its author Frances Hardinge, Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and Alex O'Connell of The Times explore how this remarkable novel evolved into such a beautiful special illustrated edition.

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.