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The Lie Tree named Costa Book of the Year

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree, a Victorian murder mystery by young adult fiction author Frances Hardinge, has been named the Costa Book of the Year. 

Hardinge’s seventh novel tells the story of Faith Sunderly, whose family have shipped out from England to a remote island to escape scandal. When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to uncover the truth. Searching for clues she discovers a strange tree that feeds off whispered lies.

James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical, this is a fantastic story.”


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The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
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Upcoming author events

An evening with Stephen Grosz and Lucy Kalanithi

Stephen Grosz and Lucy Kalanithi

Waterstones Hampstead are delighed to welcome Stephen Grosz and Lucy Kalanithi to a very special evening event where they will be discussing The Examined Life, Grosz's Sunday Times best-selling book, and When Breath Becomes Air, a life-affirming memoir and reflection on the relationship between doctors and patients, by Lucy's late husband and neurosurgeon, Dr Paul Kalanithi.

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Hemsley & Hemsley

Hemsley & Hemsley

Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley are renowned for making nutritious recipes, using affordable ingredients, that are utterly delicious. Always generous with their advice, the two sisters will be touring the country ready to answer your healthy eating questions and discuss their new book Good + Simple.

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Grace Helbig

Grace Helbig

Intelligent, astute and very funny, Grace Helbig has oodles of personality. She is a comedian, actress, author and YouTube personality with plenty to say about modern life. To celebrate the release of her new book, Grace & Style she will be gracing us with her presence up and down the country.

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