The Lie of the Land (Paperback)
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Published: 01/02/2018
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Sly, twinkling and merciless, Amanda Craig’s satirical excavation of Devon country life is a riotous black comedy. Contrasting the naivety of City refugees with the dank, earthy existence of the rural locals, The Lie of the Land is a funny book about serious themes.

In author Sarah Perry's estimation, ''as satisfying a novel as I have read in years... a wickedly observant comedy of manners, very alert to the way we live now', The Lie of the Land is an inventive, innovative fiction. An endlessly surprising read about life's capacity to take us unawares and the possibility that people may (and do) change.

Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded.

Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing - but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them.

Sally Verity, happily married but unhappily childless knows a different side to country life, as both a Health Visitor and a sheep farmer's wife; and when Lottie's innocent teenage son Xan gets a zero-hours contract at a local pie factory, he sees yet another. At the end of their year, the lives of all will be changed for ever.

A suspenseful black comedy, this is a rich, compassionate and enthralling novel in its depiction of the English countryside, and the potentially lethal interplay between money and marriage.

'Terrific, page-turning, slyly funny' - India Knight

'Absolutely magnificent' - Marian Keyes

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349142685
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 201 x 116 x 29 mm


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I loved the The Lie of the Land. A panoramic, superbly-plotted novel about the ways we live now, about money and desire, cruelty and generosity, crime and vengeance, country and city. Craig is at the top of her game in the sweep of her storytelling, the richness of her characters, her black comedy, irony and commitment Helen Dunmore There is much to relish here. The sharp characters, the smooth grown-up prose, the irony, and the ability to weave warmth and dark honesty like few other novelists can. A very good read indeed -- Matt Haig Amanda Craig is one of the most brilliant and entertaining novelists now working in Britain and her range of sympathy and humor and understanding of the Way We Live Now are deeply impressive Alison Lurie Sharply satirical Observer As we watch the Bredin family tumble down the property ladder out of the city to the shock of country life, Amanda Craig fearlessly and faultlessly dissects our 21st century life capturing all the anxieties and absurdities of austerity era Britain. We are left simultaneously laughing and cringing as we can't fail to see ourselves in the lives of those portrayed in The Lie of the Land. Like all great fiction, it embraces us with a brilliant story while holding up an unflinching mirror asking questions of ourselves Roland Gulliver, Associate Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival A marvellously readable novel, written with great humour and spark, but also social heart and central relevance to the way we live now. To achieve both in one is a terrific - and uncommon Caroline Sanderson, the Bookseller You have a treat in store when you read the witty and insightful new novel by Amanda Craig. I just love* The Lie of the Land, on so many levels. Land works as a rollicking narrative, a forensic examination of a marriage many will recognise, a skilful portrayal of rural poverty (spiritual as well as economic) and a serious evocation of the way humans can change Bel Moooney A hugely readable book packed with incident gradually turns into a rich and revealing portrait of contemporary Britain Readers Digest A hugely entertaining black comedy and psychological thriller rolled into one Saga Craig's finger is on the nation's pulse in this sharply perceived family drama Woman & Home Beautifully written ... she writes extremely well on the nature of empathy and on the political forces that help shape who we are Metro Pacy, well observed and, as misery brings Quentin and Lottie closer together, oddly touching -- Max Davidson Mail on Sunday A gripping, compassionate and often funny take on a cross-section of Britain that fiction tends to overlook. In the end, it is good to get out of London Sunday Times

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“Very worth reading”

Quentin and Lottie can't afford to divorce. Lottie sees her redundancy as her husband's fault. Quentin never meant to hurt his wife, but adultery isn't acceptable, when you marry someone. I was shocked... More

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“Riveting read about relationships, beautiful landscapes and social deprivation, with a mystery thrown in for good measure”

This is a very profound book about relationships: family, friendship, spousal and sexual. Through the various characters it examines why the relationships endure and why they flounder. It displays mismatches of... More

Hardback edition
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“Wonderful characters, fantastic story and beautifully written”

I have to admit that I am new to Amanda Craig’s novels and when her latest The Lie of the Land (Little, Brown) landed on my desk, it was just what I was looking for, and how I enjoyed this multi-layered novel that is... More

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