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An Evening with Frances Hardinge

Monday 25th September 19:00 - 20:30 at London - Piccadilly

Join the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree for an exclusive first look at her highly-anticipated new novel, A Skinful of Shadows.

Frances Hardinge will be in conversation with Lisa O'Kelly, Literary Editor at the Observer, talking about her extraordinary writing career, how life has changed since winning the Costa Book Award and her latest dark historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.

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

As a young child, Makepeace Danners was sent by her mother to sleep in the graveyard. Told it was to build her defences against the spirits that lurked there, she spent night after night bedded down amongst the ghosts, with only mice and rats for company.

As she grew older, Makepeace realised that she had a strange talent. There is a space inside her which can be filled by the spirits of the dead. This talent marks her as very interesting to the Felmotte family, the rich and powerful ancestors from whom she has inherited it. Her mother hopes her childhood training will protect her from them, but one fateful day Makepeace lets her guard down, and now she has a spirit inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when the Felmotte family come to claim her as one of their own. There is talk of civil war, and they need people with talents such as hers 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.

Tickets for this event cost £12.99 and include a copy of A Skinful of Shadows. Tickets can be purchased, in store, online or by phone. For any questions or queries please contact events.piccadilly@waterstones.com. 

London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Monday 25th September 19:00 - 20:30

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