The lie tree is set in the uk ten years after darwins origin of species was published faith is a young teen fiercely interested in the natural sciences an interest she shares with her famous father who is also an anglican minister. The lie tree is a wonderfully imagined novel with one of the most engaging heroines in the ya genre the reverend erasmus sunderly has fled family in tow to the remote island of vane to escape the consequences of a mysterious scandal. The lie tree is the seventh childrens fantasy novel by frances hardinge published in 2015 by macmillan publishersthe book won the 2015 costa book of the year. The lie tree takes place at a time when scientists are still struggling to find ways to articulate evolution and to reconcile scientific advancements with spiritual belief faiths father is terrified of what evolution and archaeology might mean for his already fragile religious faith. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it the fruit of the tree when eaten delivers a hidden truth the tree might hold the key to her fathers murder or it may lure the murderer directly to faith herself
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