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The Book of Lies Paperback – 3 Mar 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847678858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847678850
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is an unforgettable and brilliant debut. It establishes Mary Horlock as an original, compelling and powerful new voice in British fiction." (Hanif Kureishi)

"Irresistibly funny and poignant...confirms Mary Horlock as a rare talent." (Marie Darrieussecq)

"Mary Horlock's authorial debut is impressive. She layers the novel with different voices, deploying Catherine, who, while disclosing her own inner longings and intimate angsts, is the novel's agent of revelation." (Scotsman)

"The misplaced loyalties that often drive the adolescent mind are expertly depicted." (Hilary Claire O’Hagan The National)

"An assured debut...Horlock's irreverent style marks the arrival of a distinctive new voice." (Sunday Business Post)

"Horlock's use of dual first-person narration lends immediacy and apparent authenticity." (Sean O’Brien Times Literary Supplement)

"Cathy's teenage voice is a joy - funny, endearing and credible, it bursts with attitude. ... Horlock has created an authentic adolescent voice and, in the process, not only illuminated the history of a small island but also thrown light on the subjectivity of history, truth and memory." (Leyla Sanai Independent)

"The joy of this ingenious debut is that, somehow, it manages to link the twin stories convincingly to create an impressive fable about the relativity of truth and the deceits that make living on a small island possible. Highly recommended." (Adrian Turpin Financial Times)

"The Book of Lies is an assured debut, and Horlock's irreverent style marks the arrival of a distinctive new voice." (Sunday Business Post)

"[a] seething, startling work." (Catherine Taylor Guardian)

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An extraordinary portrait of life under Occupation, with two young characters that the reader will not easily forget. '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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