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The Care and Management of Lies [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Winspear
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By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained – by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm.

When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management – a veiled criticism of the bride’s ordinary life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield herself, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.

As Tom marches to the front lines and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unravelling, they hide their despair in letters filled with stories woven to bring comfort. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face-to-face with the enemy?


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'Stunning characterisation and dialogue... a timely look at the turmoil the war brought not only to those serving on the front lines but also to those left behind. A must-read for the summer months! Books Monthly. 'This new stand-alone novel is, above all, a moving tale about the beauty of those very virtues - fortitude, faithfulness, compassion - that the Great War called into question' The Washington Post. 'Jacqueline Winspear has a formidable command of the history of the Great War, and a stunning ability to take some of the most amazing and horrible aspects of that era and bring them home.'NPR Books 'Poignant, sensitive and evocative, this is an inspiring exploration of women's changing roles in a turbulent world'. The Good Book Guide 'A haunting, yet very engaging story' Random things through My Letterbox

About the Author

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the Maisie Dobbs novels, most recently Leaving Everything Most Loved, which debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity. Originally from the UK, Jacqueline Winspear now lives in California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K22ZLE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I did not buy this book, I had it on loan from the library. I have been a devoted fan of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs novels since I discovered them a few years ago, so I grabbed this with keen anticipation. However, my experience with this one was a rather mixed one. The relationships were attractively done, though missing the excitement of a crime to solve, and the ending was very poignant. However, the historical research was extremely dubious, and so many detail of the war on the Western Front rang false that, for me, the book jarred. For example, as far as I know, sergeants in the British army have never been called "sir" (they were addressed as "sergeant" or "sarge"); I find it odd that any NCO could have got away with such blatant victimisation over such a period, and even more absurd that he could have taken the initiative to force a Field General Court Martial. The FGCM proceedings themselves were quite absurd, since apart from a few hasty ones in the first few weeks of the war the process (and this was 1915) was much more formalised and drawn out; all sentences had to be approved by at least 4 levels of superior commanders. The impression that units spent most of their time in front-line trenches is wrong (except in a major battle - relatively infrequent - only a tiny percentage of soldiers were in the front line at any one time) and the idea that "for every 5 men he took into the line, only 2 returned" as routine (i.e. when no major battle was on) is absurd; both sides would have run out of men in a couple of months if this were the true pattern. 4 stars for the story, minus 2 for the historical absurdities.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is truly wonderful book, in this year when we have been somewhat saturated by the horror that was WW1 this manages to shine a new light on both the grim reality of trench warfare but most of all the about about face that society had to accept as women took up the men's mantle on the home front.
As a farmers daughter the description of the sheer hard work and unrelenting endlessness of the agricultural life rang absolutely true. We have also echo's of 'War Horse' when when we see the scouring of the countryside to compulsory purchase the animals. The destruction of the beautiful woods to be replaced by turnips to feed the nation giving us an echo of those ugly and mud filled trenches in France. Then the main theme of a woman's place and the expectations that society, men and other females have on those who now step out of the expected role and step up to meet the nations needs.
At times it was so painful I could hardly bear to read on, the house is much cleaner thanks to this displacement activity!
Some facts were amazing I should love to know if they really did have open fires in trains in 1914, there is a scene where the guard comes to put coals on the fire and although I was aware of foot warmers and early steam heating systems and the Russian Samovars I had never thought of them having open fires - can anyone enlighten me on this point?
I have been full of admiration for the Massie Dobbs series but this is a work of real genius and can one hope for a sequel as (as is usual with Jacqueline Winspear) she gallops to a very speedy finish and leaves one wanting more.
My favourite book of the year - please read it and think of buying a poppy (made in Stoke on Trent) to support the lovely art work being displayed at The Tower of London this year in memory of all those who lost their lives in The Great War.
Thank you Jacqueline, you can be very proud!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and beautifully written story 1 July 2014
Jacqueline Winspear got the inspiration for this novel when she stumbled across a woman's household management book; The Woman's Book - Contains Everything a Woman Ought to Know which was edited by Florence B Jack and first published in London in 1911. The book not only covered household management, but also had comprehensive sections on cookery, children, home doctor, business, dress, society, careers, and citizenship.

Set just before, and during the First World War; The Care and Management of Lies is a haunting, yet very engaging story that tells of life both behind the trenches and back at home in rural Kent.

Kezia and Thea became best friends when they were both scholarship girls. They formed a bond, sharing new experiences together and considered themselves to be sisters. As they grew up, they grew apart - with Thea risking her liberty by taking part in anti-war demonstrations, whilst Kezia fell in love with Thea's brother Tom. Kezia and Tom married and Kezia was determined that she would be the best farmer's wife in Kent. Throwing herself into an almost alien way of life; cooking, helping on the farm, Kezia thrived and Tom wondered how he had been so fortunate to find this practical, passionate woman.

When war is declared, both Tom and Thea join up and find themselves on the frontline. Tom's sense of duty forced him to follow the village men into the Army, whilst Thea took the opportunity to distance herself from the increasingly violent protests that her friends were becoming involved with.

Kezia is left to run the farm herself, with just the help of a couple of elderly and unfit men. Turning to the Woman's Book that Thea gave her when she married, she started to create wonderfully delicious dinners for her absent husband.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you promised
Published 1 hour ago by muriel crossley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought as a present. I prefer Maisie Dobbs though.
Published 2 months ago by Anne
3.0 out of 5 stars Review from Goodreads 9/8/14
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

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Published 2 months ago by Hazel
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
That should be 4 stars very enjoyable!
Published 3 months ago by Mrs H Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts
With so many well written historical novels being published these days, I assumed (based on Amazon reviews) that this was another one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trilby
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Maisie
I bought this thinking it was a Maisie Dobbs book. I was disappointed at first but read the book and really enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by mrsf
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching book
This is a book worth reading .although a novel it Is so real & authentic & heart wrenching . Read it especially if you have read Maisy dobbs
Published 5 months ago by michael hills
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An enjoyable read but I felt the ending was disappointing.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful read
I loved this book though it is sad it makes you think about a different time people were so patriotic. Jacqueline Winspear is an excellent story teller.
Published 7 months ago by LEAH CAVE
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story, poignant and sad at times
A wonderful story, poignant and sad at times, but a wonderful insight to the life of women during WW1 and life in the country.
Published 7 months ago by heyjude
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