The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

Frances Hardinge

Chris Riddell
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Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed author, Frances Hardinge, and illustrated by Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.

It was not enough. All knowledge – any knowledge – called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen.

Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot suppress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father's journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith's search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition is packed full of gorgeous black and white illustrations by triple Kate Greenaway Medal winning-illustrator, Chris Riddell, author of the Goth Girl and Ottoline series.

'Brilliant, dark, thrilling, utterly original' Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls.

'The Lie Tree is a wonder. I can't think of anyone who would not love this story' Matt Haig, author of The Humans.

In the media
A beautiful illustrated gift edition of Frances Hardinge's hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller... Faith is a feisty heroine whose courage combined with a determination that girls can be brave and resolute leads to the exposure of much dishonesty and many deceptions. Chris Riddell's gothic illustrations are perfectly suited to this spellbinding novel.


It has been quite a year for this duo: Hardinge claimed the Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, while Riddell scored his third Kate Greenaway Medal for The Sleeper and the Spindle. This is an illustrated hardback edition of Hardinge’s text, rather wonderfully born out of Riddell’s margin-doodling, which he shared on Instagram. The combination is an intriguing one: I’ve had but a glimpse and can’t wait to see how Riddell interprets the dark, powerful story.

YA Book Prize Blog

a gorgeously creepy new edition of the Costa Book Award-winning The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Who could be better to provide evocative artwork for this than Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell? It’s a real treat of a book – perhaps even more satisfying if you’re buying it for yourself and reading on a damp and dark Sunday afternoon from the comfort of the sofa…

Down the Rabbit Hole blog

Fun and ingenious, with plenty of cliffhangers [and] a healthy dash of feminism.

Guardian Review