I am so pleased that one of my favourite authors has been short listed for the Costa Book Awards. Here’s a short review I wrote for my lovely local bookshop’s window. (A Festival of Books. Yay!) “… here in the drawing room, each lady quietly relaxed and became more real, expanding into the space left by the men. Without visibly changing, they unfolded, like flowers, or knives.” A superb Victorian fantasy thriller with a complex and feisty heroine fighting to find the truth behind her father’s murder. Frances Hardinge is a wonderful writer with brilliant original ideas and sparkling descriptions that linger long in the memory. Possible age range 11 – 13.