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The Lie (Hardback)
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Hardback Published: 16/01/2014
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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. 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. 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?

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780091953928

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“The Lie”

This is the first of Helen Dunmore's books that I have read, and I enjoyed it very much. I was attracted by the First World War theme, which was used as a background to most of the story, with flashbacks to a... More


While this was a well-written novel, I found the characters rather one dimensional and lacking in any depth or sense of believability. The flashback descriptions of Daniel's experiences in the trenches seemed far... More

26th January 2014
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“New insights on an old conflict”

For the first 80% of this brief novel I was fully engaged and enjoyed the evoking of the smells, realities and horror of the first world war.
Daniel is a warm character who never achieved his potential and as a... More

23rd January 2014
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