Frances Hardinge was the subject of last weekend’s Fame and Fortune feature in the Sunday Times in which people are interviewed about their approach to money. It’s one page I always read in the Business and Money section (back page -easily found, for those who don’t normally look at this section.) It’s a sequence of stock, unvarying questions and the responses are always fascinating.
How much money do you have in your wallet?
Have you ever been hard up? etc.
Frances Hardinge describes the success of her children’s novel The Lie Tree, a tale of religion, science and murder in Victorian England that won Costa Book of the Year 2015, as a “financial bolt from the blue”. The author admits that she had hit a “low point” in her writing career only a year before: “Takings came to a little over £8,000, but after costs my earnings came to not much over £5,000.”