I’m interviewing Frances Hardinge! We talk about her novels including The Lie Tree and A Face Like Glass, her ideas and characters, unreliable landscapes, closed communities and islands, literary influences, and ghost stories.
- 00:06 preamble
- 01:02 Frances’ fiction (The Lie Tree, A Face Like Glass, research inc. cheese making)
- 21:56 Literary influences (and ghost stories from East Anglia)
- 36:16 playing RPGs
- 47:00 more ghost story recommendations: Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones, The Shadow Cage by Philipa Pierce, An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman
- 50:31 Wraith: The Oblivion
- 55:36 what’s next?
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Samples: “Is that you or are you you?” from Reappear, “Another version of you” from Thoughtless
2 thoughts on “104: Interview with Frances Hardinge”
Great interview! I met Frances once, and was rather borish, but you certainly made her very welcome. And Nicholas Fisk was definitely one of introductions into genre
“Some of the stories were told to [the] grandfather by people who were still alive” – I guess not all of them then. Frances mentions his name, Harold Mills West, in a Guardian interview so I’m definitely getting some of his books.
The Suffolk coast is one of our favourite places to visit – fodder for Frances, and not only for M. R. James by also Sebald. And Sebald’s description, in The Rings of Saturn, of the the train journey from Norwich to the coast reminds me greatly of Lovecraft’s approach to Innsmouth on the bus.
Glad you enjoyed it!