The Lie

The Lie

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2014.
ISBN: 9780091953935
Characteristics: 294 p.; 23 cm.


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WVMLBookClubTitles Jul 22, 2015

Daniel Branwell returns from the battlefields of World War I to the quiet Cornish village of his childhood. Unemployed and homeless, he accepts the charity of an elderly recluse who allows him to build a shelter on her land. When she falls ill, she requests Daniel keep her demise a secret so she may avoid the indignity of dying in a poorhouse. This is the first of many lies which shape this poignant novel about the aftermath of the Great War.

Jul 26, 2014

A subtle, nuanced anti-war statement, this novel tells the story of two friends - one working class, one upper class - during WW I during the war and its aftermath. A wonderful book from a great writer.

Apr 26, 2014

In a word: Heartwrenching.Add two more: beautifully written.

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