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'One of our finest storytellers' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
'Pure magic' M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts

From Frances Hardinge, the Costa Award-winning author of The Lie Tree comes Deeplight - an underwater adventure as dangerous as the gods themselves . . .

The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Then one day they rose up and tore each other apart, killing many hundreds of islanders and changing the Myriad forever.

On the jumbled streets of the Island of Lady's Crave live Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: living off their wits, diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But now there is something stirring beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. Something valuable. Something dangerous.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and when the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is . . .
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 145 x 223 x 45mm | 570g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1509836950
  • 9781509836956
  • 18,818

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Frances Hardinge is among the most original writers working today and Deeplight (Macmilllan) one of her finest books yet. She's a writer who defies easy categorisation; this will entice older children and beyond. -- Fiona Noble * The Observer - The New Review * Hardinge's surreal powers of world-building combine with her astute understanding of relationships to create a weird, wonderful, beguiling novel. * The Guardian - Best Books of the Year * This is a dazzling deep-sea tale. * The Financial Times * A feat of impressive world-building and imagination. * The Times - Children's Books of the Year * A magical fantasy adventure from the award-winning author of The Lie Tree. * Sunday Express * The high priestess of Gothic brings a whole world to meticulous and terrifying life, as two boys stumble upon a secret as frightening as it is wonderful. Deeply, marvellously haunting. -- Marianne Levy * i Weekend * Costa award-winner Hardinge is on top form. -- Sally Morris * Daily Mail * There is no mistaking the distinctive voice and vividly crafted prose of Frances Hardinge. She is a writer who delights in language, and whose stories fizz with ideas, allusions and eccentric detail * Metro * Frances Hardinge has joined the company of writers whose books I will always seek out and read -- Garth Nix A novel by Hardinge is always an event * Sunday Times * Electrifyingly good -- Amanda Craig * New Statesman * In Deeplight, Hardinge's unparalleled, terrifying imagination illuminates an underwater world filled with the potent debris of departed gods, and the desperate ambitions of the humans who seek it. No one else writes quite like her - every new book is something extraordinary to be celebrated. -- Imogen Russell Williams Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now -- Patrick Ness Hardinge creates an entire world and furnishes it with wonders. Pure magic. -- M.R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts
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About Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, by this time a persistent friend had finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly By Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. Known for her beautiful use of language, she has since written many critically acclaimed novels, including A Skinful of Shadows, Verdigris Deep, Cuckoo Song, and the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree.
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390 ratings
4.33 out of 5 stars
5 51% (197)
4 35% (138)
3 12% (46)
2 2% (6)
1 1% (3)
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