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Publication Order of Fly By Night Books

Fly by Night (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twilight Robbery / Fly Trap (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Myriad Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Verdigris Deep / Well Witched (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gullstruck Island / The Lost Conspiracy (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Face Like Glass (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cuckoo Song (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lie Tree (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Skinful of Shadows (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unraveller (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tales of the Apt Books

with Juliet E. McKenna, Adrian Tchaikovsky, John Gwynne
Spoils of War (By: Adrian Tchaikovsky) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time for Grief (By: Adrian Tchaikovsky) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
For Love of Distant Shores (By: Adrian Tchaikovsky) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scent of Tears (With: Juliet E. McKenna,Adrian Tchaikovsky,John Gwynne) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

TwentiethAnnual Collection(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
La Femme(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery & Mayhem(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outcast Hours(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stories of Hope and Wonder: In Support of UK's Healthcare Workers(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Frances Hardinge is a British woman of letters. She was born in 1973 and her birthplace is Brighton, England. Hardinge, who aspired to be a writer ever since she was aged four, is an alumna of the prestigious Oxford University. For her undergraduate education, Hardinge pursued English studies at the institution where she co-founded a writing group.

Her upbringing had a fundamental influence on her writing style. Frances’ formative years were spent living in a large and old country house, located in a diminutive Kent village. The far-flung house and the spooky environment which surrounded it provided her with the picture-perfect backdrop when she started penning her own spooky stories. Frances has a penchant for not only dark clothes and black hats, but also a soft spot for old-fashioned trends.

Frances Hardinge has been writing since she was aged six. She worked for a time at a software company. However, she took writing more seriously after emerging as the winner of a short story writing contest. A friend and fellow writer named Rhiannon Lassiter, who also writes juvenile literature, took her first manuscript on the sly and give it to an editor. It was the gateway to Hardinge’s breakthrough as a writer.

Frances Hardinge debuted in mid-2000s. Hardinge’s debut book has over thirty editions and the first edition was originally published in 2005, titled Fly by Night with a story based in the 18th century England. It was initially a standalone novel, but has since been expounded into a series. The series of books is shelved under the fiction, fantasy, young adult, adventure, juvenile literature (aimed at middle grade children), mystery, and dystopian literature genres.

Mosca Mye is the featured central character in the Fly by Night series. For starters, the name Mosca was inspired by the term musca domestica which in scientific terms, is the binomial name of the common housefly. As such, Mosca is a derivation of musca. This can be explained by the fact that Mosca Mye’s late father, Quillam Mye, was a book lover, historian and a philosopher.

Mosca Mye, who has since been orphaned, is aged twelve at the start of the book. The young heroine is obstinate, short-tempered, intelligent, daring, open-minded, lonesome, inquisitive, precocious, callous, literate, easy to like, somewhat clumsy, and has a tough demeanor. Above all, Mye is a big reader and keeps a goose, named Saracen, as a pet. Education, and book knowledge in particular, is frowned up by the community where Mye hails from. The villagers even went so far as to torch her exiled father’s book collection shortly after his death.

The ability to read here is extremely rare, but fortunately for Mye, her father taught her how to read. Unfortunately for Mye, she is now mistreated by her aunt and uncle that she went to live with after her father passed away. She is put to work in the mill, owned by her aunt and uncle, where she has been working as a bookkeeper.

The turning point in the first book in Fly by Night is an arson attack. Mosca Mye unintentionally sets the family-owned mill on fire and purposely flees with Eponymous Clent, a swindler and wordsmith that she has a relationship with. She bolts after realizing that she will be rapped on the knuckles for her actions. Mye tags along with Clent to a place where life is in the fast lane.

Frances Hardinge Awards
Author Frances Hardinge has either awarded or nominated for a laundry list of literary awards. For instance, in 2006, she clinched the Branford Boase Award, courtesy of her debut book Fly by Night. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the Guardian Award, by virtue of her 2011 book titled Twilight Robbery. In 2012, she was also shortlisted for the Kitschies and nominated for the Carnegie Medal, because of her 2012 book entitled A Face Like Glass.

In 2015, Frances Hardinge was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal courtesy of her 2014 book titled Cuckoo Song. It won the British Fantasy Awards, in the Best Fantasy Novel category. The said book has also been nominated for James Herbert Award, British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Novel), The Magnolia Award, and Milwaukee County Teen Book Award.

Frances Hardinge’s 2015 book, titled The Lie Tree, clinched the Costa Book Awards, in the Children’s category. Similarly, the book bagged the Costa Book Awards, in the Book of the Year category. It also clinched the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, in the Fiction category.

Best Frances Hardinge Books
The following are the best books Frances Hardinge’s bibliography, based on winning or being nominated for notable awards.

The first one is Fly by Night, and has already been mentioned.

The second one is called The Lie Tree. Protagonist Faith’s father, who is a reverend and naturalist, dies mysteriously. Faith is trying to solve the murder mystery when she chances upon an odd tree whose fruits reveal the truth to the consumer.

The third one is called Cuckoo Song. In this one protagonist Tress recovers from a bizarre accident and realizes that she is amnesiac. Worse still, she can ably communicate with objects such as dolls. She is unsure if she is on the cusp of insanity or if the accident activated an awakening.

Other Books You May Like
Readers who liked books authored by Frances Hardinge also liked the following series of books.

Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, a series authored by Adrienne Kress. This features ten-year-old protagonist Alex Morningside; this series revolves around dragons and Chinese pirates.

The second is entitled Flora Trilogy series and is by Ysabeau S. Wilce. Flora Fyrdraaca is the featured protagonist in this trilogy who is attempting to use magic to find her identity and trace her missing mother who had been presumed dead.

The third one is the Kat, Incorrigible series and by Stephanie Burgis. Kat Stephenson is the featured protagonist who uses her magical skills to outwit foes and restore sanity in a home bedeviled by social problems.

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