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A Skinful of Shadows
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Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017.



'A Skinful of Shadows confirms Hardinge's status as one of our finest storytellers. It's rare to find a book which is every bit as intelligent and stylish as it is riveting - I was enthralled' - Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent



Frances Hardinge weaves a dark, otherworldly tale in A Skinful of Shadows, her first book since the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree.



When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide.



Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding.



Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment.



And now there's a ghost inside her.



The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession - or death.

Children'sFiction & true storiesFantasy & magical realismChildren'sFiction & true storiesHistorical fiction Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 03/05/2018 ISBN-13: 9781509835508  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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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Makepeace is only young, but her life is already full of terrors. The spirits that most people dismiss or are oblivious to are all too real to her, haunting her constantly.  As the 12-year-old Makepeace is thrown into disarray and into the middle of the English Civil War, her only defence could be the one thing she fears the most.  A terrifying tale from Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree, that will seep inside your mind and inhabit your every thought between readings. Makepeace is only young, but her life is already full of terrors. The spirits that most people dismiss or are oblivious to are all too real to her, haunting her constantly.  As the 12-year-old Makepeace is thrown into disarray and into the middle of the English Civil War, her only defence could be the one thing she fears the most.  A terrifying tale from Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree, that will seep inside your mind and inhabit your every thought between readings.

 

Matt, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/07/2018

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