Frances Hardinge was born in 1973 in Britain. She is a children's writer who is best known for her first novel Fly By Night which won the Bradford Boase Award in 2006. It was also listed as one of the School Library Journal Best Books. She studied English at Oxford University and was the founding member of a writer's workshop there. Her writing career started after she won a short story magazine competition. Shortly after winning she wrote Fly By Night in her spare time. Twilight Robbery is a sequel to Fly by Night, featuring again the young heroine Mosca Mye, her pet goose Saracen, and Eponymous Clent, a conman. In 2015 her title Cuckoo Song was short listed for the James Herbert Award for Horror.