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The Book of Lies

by Mary Horlock

Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

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One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.


October 2011 MEGA Debut of the Month.

Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2011.

A well-written insight into the twisted mind of an unashamed murderer, as she admits in the second paragraph of this book (see link to the Opening Extract on this page). In fact, The Book of Lies is so easy and approachable, and makes you so familiar with the writer, it feels like you are reading a personal letter from her to you.  Alongside the subtly-woven, insightful narrative, throughout this book there are interesting footnotes about the island of Guernsey which add an interesting historical perspective as well as underpin the credibility of the story. A compelling read.


The Guardian First Book Award longlist 2011
The Possessed by Elif Batuman
Sidereal by Rachael Boast
The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock
Chavs by Owen Jones
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos
The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed
The Submission by Amy Waldman

The Book of Lies Synopsis

Catherine Rozier is fifteen years old and a murderer. She desperately wants to explain what happened that stormy night on the cliffs by Clarence Batterie. But the adults around her - her mother, her teachers, even the Chief Constable - understand that some things are best kept hidden. Over a period of two weeks, scribbling frantically in her journal, Catherine recounts the events that led to Nicolette's death, only to discover that history has been repeating itself. Fifty years earlier, another Rozier stands on the same cliff-edge. Charlie, a teenager during the German Occupation of the island, is witness to soldiers moving into homes, imposing curfews and even taking over his father's printing press. Frustrated by the adults around him, and their lack of resistance to the occupying forces, Charlie sets on a path that will destroy an important friendship and change the Rozier family's life forever.

The Book of Lies Press Reviews

'This is an unforgettable and brilliant debut. It establishes Mary Horlock as an original, compelling and powerful new voice in British fiction.'
Hanif Kureishi

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Publication date: 07/06/2012
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Publication date: 03/03/2011
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Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847678850
Publication date: 3rd March 2011
Author: Mary Horlock
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,

About Mary Horlock

Mary Horlock spent her childhood in Guernsey and moved to England at the age of eighteen. She read History and History of Art at Cambridge, and went on to work at Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool. She is a former curator of the Turner Prize. Mary lives in London with her partner and their two children. Although she has written widely on contemporary art, this is her first novel.

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