Skinful of Shadows, A

Frances Hardinge


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The stunning story of a young girl’s quest to shape her own destiny from the author of The Lie Tree, winner of the Costa Prize 2015

About The Author

Frances Hardinge spent 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, by this time a persistent friend had 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. Known for her beautiful use of language, she has since written many critically acclaimed novels, including Verdigris Deep, Cuckoo Song, and the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree.

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Weight 567 g
Dimensions 225 × 145 × 34 mm



Pan Macmillan

Date of Publication


Age Range

From 12 to 15 years

By (author)

Frances Hardinge