Frances Hardinge has been shortlisted for and won various awards for her writing.
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"The judges said they were impressed by the 'brilliant powerful language of Frances Hardinge's wholly compelling, dark mystery'. 'The perfectly portrayed Victorian period with the themes of science, religion and the role of women stimulated really interesting class discussion. Despite the fantastically weird story of the Lie Tree itself, this is an intensely human novel with young readers able to really relate to Faith and feel her anger and frustration and her growing realization of parental fallibility.'" More here.
In his opening remarks, Times Editor and Publisher Davan Maharaj said the responsibility of writers is to be relentless, expose hypocrisy, speak truth to power and to "capture in our prose and poetry" the state of the world.
"It’s heady stuff; but Hardinge maintains masterful control of the whole complex construct: everything from the sentence level (“The boat moved with a nauseous, relentless rhythm, like someone chewing on a rotten tooth”) on up to the larger philosophical and political (i.e., feminist – the revelation of the book’s villain is … a revelation) questions. A stunner," said Martha V Parravano, of Horn Book.
Frances's latest novel first pipped fellow shortlistees Sally Nicholls, Hayley Long and Andrew Norriss to the Costa Children's Book prize, and then went forward to be chosen ahead of works by Andrew Michael Hurley, Kate Atkinson, Andrea Wulf and Don Paterson for the overall award. Read about it here, and watch Frances's acceptance speech – in which she talks about the 'beautiful jungle' of YA fiction – here!
Frances later tweeted: “I am informed that, when my name was read out, my look of shock was highly comic. (I still keep double-checking the name on the award).”
The Branford Boase Award is awarded annually for the most promising first novel to a first-time writer of a book for young people. At the same time, it marks the important contribution of the editor in identifying and nurturing new talent.
Frances won the award in 2006 for Fly By Night and, in her acceptance speech, she noted the contributions of three editors: Rebecca McNally, Marion Lloyd and Ruth Alltimes.