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    • A Skinful of Shadows

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Imaginative and dark

    • By pmswatson on 19-11-17

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Lie Tree

    • Costa Book of the Year 2015
    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015. The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric story by Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly by Night. Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree grows healthy and bears fruit only if you whisper a lie to it.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting concept, let down by patchy execution

    • By fletchek on 06-02-17

    Regular price: £21.99

    • A Face Like Glass

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Fly by Night

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Narrated by: Lesley Sharp
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    In a fractured realm, struggling to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and religious tyranny, a 12-year-old orphan and her loyal companion, a large and homicidal goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a revolution.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • missed opportunity

    • By hugh on 06-03-16

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Cuckoo Song

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Narrated by: Katherine Press
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. 

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Deeplight

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    For centuries the gods of the Undersea ruled the islands of the Myriad through awe and terror: they were very real, and very dangerous. Sacrifices were hurled into the waters to appease them, and every boat was painted with pleading eyes to entreat their mercy. They were served, feared and adored. Then, 30 years ago, the gods rose up in madness and tore each other apart. Now, none remain. The islands have recovered and the people have patched their battered ships and moved on. 

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Twilight Robbery

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Mosca Mye and Eponymous Clent are in trouble again. Escaping disaster by the skin of their teeth, they find refuge in Toll, the strange gateway town where visitors may neither enter nor leave without paying a price. By day, the city is well-mannered and orderly; by night, it's the haunt of rogues and villains. Wherever there's a plot, there's sure to be treachery, and wherever there's treachery, there's sure to be trouble - and where there's trouble, Clent, Mosca and the web-footed apocalypse Saracen the goose can't be far behind.

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Verdigris Deep

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    One evening, Ryan and his friends steal some coins from a well. Soon after, strange things begin to happen. Peculiar marks burn on Ryan's knuckles and light bulbs mysteriously explode. Then the well witch appears, with her fountains for eyes and gargled demands. From now on the children must serve her – and the wishes rotting at the bottom of her well. 

    Regular price: £13.99

    • Fly by Night

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    As the realm struggles to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and tyranny, a 12-year-old orphan called Mosca Mye and her loyal companion, a cantankerous goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a radical revolution. Mosca is on the run, heading for the city of Mandelion. There she finds herself living by her wits among cut-throat highwaymen, spies and smugglers. With peril at every turn, Mosca uncovers a dark plot to terrorise the people of Mandelion, and soon merry mayhem leads to murder....

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Gullstruck Island

    • By: Frances Hardinge
    • Length: 14 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    On Gullstruck Island the volcanoes quarrel, beetles sing danger and occasionally a Lost is born.... In the village of the Hollow Beasts live two sisters. Arilou is a Lost - a child with the power to depart her body and mind-fly with the winds – and Hathin is her helper. Together they hide a dangerous secret, until sinister events threaten to uncover it. With a blue-skinned hunter on their trail and a dreadlocked warrior beside them, they must escape, or risk everything. Can the fate of two children decide the future of Gullstruck Island? 

    Regular price: £13.99