Hardinge creates an entire world and furnishes it with wonders. Pure magic. -- M.R. Carey, author of <i>The Girl With All the Gifts</i> Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now -- Patrick Ness In Deeplight, Hardinge's unparalleled, terrifying imagination illuminates an underwater world filled with the potent debris of departed gods, and the desperate ambitions of the humans who seek it. No one else writes quite like her - every new book is something extraordinary to be celebrated. -- Imogen Russell Williams Electrifyingly good -- Amanda Craig * New Statesman * A novel by Hardinge is always an event * Sunday Times * Frances Hardinge has joined the company of writers whose books I will always seek out and read -- Garth Nix There is no mistaking the distinctive voice and vividly crafted prose of Frances Hardinge. She is a writer who delights in language, and whose stories fizz with ideas, allusions and eccentric detail * Metro * Costa award-winner Hardinge is on top form. -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail * The high priestess of Gothic brings a whole world to meticulous and terrifying life, as two boys stumble upon a secret as frightening as it is wonderful. Deeply, marvellously haunting. -- Marianne Levy * i Weekend * A magical fantasy adventure from the award-winning author of The Lie Tree. * Sunday Express * A feat of impressive world-building and imagination. * The Times - Children's Books of the Year * This is a dazzling deep-sea tale. * The Financial Times * Hardinges surreal powers of world-building combine with her astute understanding of relationships to create a weird, wonderful, beguiling novel. * The Guardian - Best Books of the Year * Frances Hardinge is among the most original writers working today and Deeplight (Macmilllan) one of her finest books yet. She's a writer who defies easy categorisation; this will entice older children and beyond. -- Fiona Noble * The Observer - The New Review * Frances Hardinge is among the most original writers working today and Deeplight (Macmillan) one of her finest books yet. Here, her dazzling imagination has conjured the Myriad archipelago, a strange world of undersea gods, lush mythology and Lovecraftian submersibles. Two very human boys, orphans turned scavengers, make a dangerous discovery that drives a thrilling and unpredictable plot. Shes a writer who defies easy categorisation; this will entice older children and far beyond * Observer * The writing is exquisite and adults will enjoy it as much as teenagers * Daily Express - Christmas Books round-up * Its a great adventure, you really believe in the world that Frances has created * CLPE *
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.