Frances' debut novel, Fly By Night, was published in 2005 to global critical acclaim. It won the Branford Boase Award in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award in the same year. The sequel, Twilight Robbery, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award in 2012.
Frances' standalone novels, Verdigris Deep, Gullstruck Island and A Face Like Glass (shortlisted for the Kitchies in 2013) have all garnered stellar reviews. Cuckoo Song, published in 2014, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the film option has been acquired by Catalyst Global Media. Her seventh novel, The Lie Tree, published in summer 2015 and was short-listed for The Guardian Fiction Award. It was named The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year in December 2015 and won the 2015 Costa Book of the Year Award in January 2016, only the second time in the Award's history that a children's author has scooped the prize. The Lie Tree has been sold in 30 territories and has been optioned for adaptation to screen.
Frances has contributed to a number of anthologies, including Mystery & Mayhem (Egmont) and Taking Liberties (Walker in association with Amnesty International), both published in 2016. Her eighth novel for Macmillan, A Skinful of Shadows, a truly masterful YA historical fantasy set against the backdrop of the English Civil War, published amidst much fanfare in September 2017.
“Hardinge is a hugely talented writer of tireless invention and vivid prose.” The Guardian
"A new novel by Hardinge is always an event and this latest has her usual precision ad originality of language, while telling an absorbing historical tale." The Sunday Times on The Lie Tree
"One of our finest storytellers. I was enthralled." Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent on A Skinful of Shadows
Frances is seldom seen without her hat and is addicted to volcanoes. She lives and works in London.
Represented by Nancy Miles