Frances Hardinge | 'My books are strange in quite different ways from each other'

Frances Hardinge | 'My books are strange in quite different ways from each other'

In her Twitter biography, Frances Hardinge describes herself as a "writer of downright odd children’s books", which seems a fair assessment when you consider some of her plots: a girl possessed by the ghost of a bear, a tree that bears fruit if you lie to it. "My books are strange in quite different ways from each other, which can’t make life easy for sales and marketing," she laughs when we meet at Macmillan’s King’s Cross office. But it is this very eccentricity that makes Hardinge’s work so distinctive and irresistible.

Her latest book, Deeplight, is no exception. It is set in the fanta...

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