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The Lie (eBook)
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eBook (ePUB) Published: 16/01/2014

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Nominated for the Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historial Fiction, and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

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: Random House
ISBN: 9781448184354

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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

Hardback edition
27th January 2014
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“Poetic and Emotive”

The release of this book to coincide with the Centenary of The First World War makes it seem more heart rending and poignant. Daniel has returned home to Cornwall in 1920 after surviving the trenches and the horrors... More

Paperback edition
5th September 2014
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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

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26th January 2014
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