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Cornwall, 1920, early spring. A young man stands on a headland, looking out to sea. He is back from the war, homeless and without family. Behind him lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life, forged in a crucible of shared suffering. Daniel has survived, but the horror and passion of the past seem more real than the quiet fields around him. He is about to step into the unknown. But will he ever be able to escape the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie? Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss by one of the UK's most acclaimed storytellers.

About the Author

Helen Dunmore is an acclaimed bestselling author who has published eleven novels, including: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; A Spell of Winter, which won the inaugural Orange Prize; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize; Mourning Ruby, House of Orphans and Counting the Stars. Her 2010 novel The Betrayal was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. In 2012 she published the novella The Greatcoat under the Hammer imprint at Cornerstone. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and her work is translated into more than thirty languages.



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The Lie by Helen dunmore


from Kenthurst, NSW

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written


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    Comments about The Lie:

    How could a woman write this book? The words and feelings and thoughts of a man, and a very complicated one at that, and all in the first person. Yet it reads so true and honest and authentic and believable.
    I read at night often to help me go to sleep. I began reading this book and that was the end of sleep for me.
    What a remarkable writer Helen Dunmore is. She walks in the shoes of this man, who has come home from war deeply injured in mind, though whole enough in body and heavily burdened by guilt. If the author had been male, I would have considered the detail of the trenches warfare, a self indulgence and too much information.
    I wished for a totally different ending and it wasn't happening. I did not want to read on at one stage.It is a love story none the less,a passionate and endearing one about those beautiful men who would look after the soldier beside them, before thinking of themselves. Ref pages 175-176.

    Kind regards,
    Margaret Bruce.

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    "[A] superb, timely novel of the First World War" -- John Sutherland The Times "Helen Dunmore ... is a poet as well as a novelist, who is celebrated for her delicate language and acute observations. The Lie is no exception. This really is an expert novel." Sunday Times "The bar for book of the year is set sky high by this heart wrenching tale. Daniel has survived the WWI trenches, but returns to Cornwall to find his family gone and home lost. He moves in with a childhood friend, but gets caught up in a lie that has terrible consequences. Tender, touching and totally absorbing." Sunday Mirror "Never striking a false note, The Lie is one of those rare and arresting novels that make you think and feel with greater lucidity." Daily Telegraph "The Lie is a tale of memory and loss delivered with quiet aplomb by one of our classiest writers ... Dunmore captures the emotional torment of her hero with tenderness and skill." Mail on Sunday

    ISBN: 9780091953935
    ISBN-10: 0091953936
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 304
    Published: 3rd February 2014
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.33
    Edition Number: 1