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A Face Like Glass is an astonishing and imaginative novel from the Costa Award-winning author of The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge.

In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show joy, despair or fear - at a price.

Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed....

©2012 Frances Hardinge (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now." (Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls)

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Wow just wow. Beautifully written, and a very original story. Absolutely loved it and will be buying more of hers

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Mesmerising

I listened with my 11y/o and 13y/o daughters and we were all completely gripped, mesmerising and magical. Another incredible adventure with Frances Hardinge.

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My favourite book, ever.

This is my favourite book, ever. It is beautiful, magical, strange and wonderful. Thank you Frances Hardinge for your fantastical storytelling.

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A fantastic listen no matter whatever your age!

Although aimed at the young adult market, I’m nearly 40 & am enjoying discovering this author so much, this is the 2nd of her books that I have downloaded &, having loved the first novel, this one certainly does not disappoint. The author has a wonderful way with words that makes her work a delight to listen to, she creates worlds that are fascinating and wonderfully uncanny. I can’t wait to listen to more.

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Excellent book. Excellent Acting

My first Frances Hardinge novel and this is such an excellent book. Luscious world building, unusual characters and a tale which leads in unexpected directions Cassie Layton performance is superb and I'll definitely be looking out for other books read by her. Will also try some more Frances Hardinge. Recommended purchase.