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The Town Crier's House – 2012

Events related to Frances Hardinge and her work.

Book of the Month

May 2012

A Face Like Glass is one of of the 'Books of the Month' for the book review site The Bookbag.

A Face Like Glass cover

A Face Like Glass

10th May 2012

Announcing the UK publication of A Face Like Glass, a tale set in the mysterious underground city of Caverna. You can read the first two chapters of the book for free on the Guardian website.

May Author In Residence for Book Babblers

May 2012

For the whole of May, Frances will be 'Author in Residence' for Book Babblers, the online book club for children and young adults. Check out the website for an interview with Frances, and a chance to win a copy of her latest book, A Face Like Glass.

Author of the Month for Reading Zone

May 2012

Frances is 'Author of the Month' for Reading Zone, a site for teachers, librarians and children who are all enthusiastic about reading. You can find more details here.

Book of the Week

27th May 2012

A Face Like Glass was named Children's Book of the Week in The Sunday Times.

Oxford Blackwell's Event

7th June 2012

From 2pm Frances will be in the Children's Department, talking about her latest book, A Face Like Glass'. This will be followed by a reading and book-signing.

St. Nicholas School Abingdon

19th June 2012

Frances will be visiting the school to talk about her new book, and discuss the writing process with the students.

Reading Partners Event

21st June 2012

Frances will be meeting librarians at a Reading Partners Event in Huddersfield.

Alice's Day

7th July 2012

Oxford Blackwell's will be holding a day-long celebration of Lewis Carroll's Alice, complete with story-telling, music and face-painting. Frances will be taking part in a continuous reading of 'Alice in Wonderland', along with various other authors.


12 September 2012

Frances will be attending ReCon, the Southampton-based event dedicated to anime, science fiction, fantasy and horror.


3rd October 2012

Frances will be visiting Watlington Primary, then dropping in on Icknield Community College to talk to the book club.

UKLA Book Award Longlist

9th October 2012

A Face Like Glass has been included in the longlist for the UK Literary Association Book Award (age 7–11 category).

Northern Children's Book Festival

15–16th November 2012

Frances will be amongst the many authors appearing at the Northern Children's Book Festival, now in its 29th year. There will be crafts and activities, as well as a chance to see many writers, poets, illustrators and storytellers.