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A Skinful of Shadows (Hardback)
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A Skinful of Shadows (Hardback)

A Skinful of Shadows (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 21/09/2017
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2017

Frances Hardinge weaves another darkly extraordinary tale in A Skinful of Shadows, her follow-up to the Costa Award-winning novel The Lie Tree.

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl...

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

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. But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession - or death.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509837540
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Hardinge's tale of ghosts, puritans and shaping your own destiny is an unmissable, hypnotic treat." - Observer Children's Book of the Week

"Hardinge is a talent who deserves to be read by children and adults alike." - Guardian 

"Chillingly atmospheric, historically fascinating, it's also blackly comic in parts and beautifully written." - Daily Mail

"Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now." - Patrick Ness

"A Skinful of Shadows confirms Hardinge's status as one of our finest storytellers. The striking originality of its magical element is matched by a thrilling depiction of a 17th century England riven with political and religious unease. At the centre of the novel, young Makepeace is a vital and engaging presence amid a cast of extraordinary and villainous characters, and she had my heart from the first. It's rare to find a book which is every bit as intelligent and stylish as it is riveting - I was enthralled" - Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

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“A dark, hypnotic tale with many secrets!”

Simply judging a book by it's cover I was intrigued...this story is hard to describe without giving too much away. The main character, Makepeace has a unique gift, that few have. She can be possessed by ghosts.... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
21st September 2017
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Holly at Plymouth

“Authentic, brimming with imagination and feral. Truly astonishing! ”

The title of this novel alone illustrations Frances Hardinge's reputation as a master wordsmith. And the story inside only helps to prove it!

The tale of Makepeace and her fight against powerful families and... More

Hardback edition
7th September 2017
Helpful? Upvote 49

“Dark and imaginative historical fantasy”

I'd not read any of Frances Hardinge's books before I received this one (as a proof copy in exchange for review) , but I have added her previous books to my 'to-read' pile after reading this.

She... More

Hardback edition
27th September 2017
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