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Publisher's Summary

Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss.
Cornwall, 1920: A young man stands on a headland, looking out to sea. He is back from the war, homeless and without family. Behind him lies the terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life. Daniel has survived, but will he ever be able to escape the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie?
©2014 Helen Dunmore (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Never striking a false note, The Lie is one of those rare and arresting novels that make you think and feel with greater lucidity." (Daily Telegraph)
"An electrifying and original talent" (Guardian)
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By Margery Diamand on 11-12-14

Wonderful novel ruined by poor narration

I'm a great fan of Helen Dunmore, and was looking forward to listening to 'The Lie'. The story itself is gripping and show's Dunmore's usual great skill. However, Darren Benedict's narration was clumsy in the extreme, grating and, for me, ruined the novel. (Northern instead of West Country accent; poor inflection and inability to pronounce 'nasturtium' properly - just for a start!). I'd recommend reading the book instead of downloading the audiobook.

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By Ann on 03-06-15

Great book, terrible reader

What a shame this book was ruined by the narrator. Not only did he mispronounce many common words - "barrage" and "hearth" being just two examples of dozens - he also read sentences with completely wrong emphasis, indicating that he had no idea what the sentence was about. I stuck it out only because of the marvellous Dunmore writing.

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By Anonymous User on 05-31-17

Poignant tale of the after-war lives of war veterans

This is a beautifully written book that brilliantly reveals how a soldier was just unable to make a life for himself after the First World War. The story shows how the traumatised returnees had little to come back to, and were offered no understanding or support. The reflections on what happened to the main character in the war itself are vividly portrayed with just the right weight to take you there without shifting the focus away from the fact that the setting was the immediate post-war. I heard the ending driving to my train station this morning and was stunned. I cannot speak.

Finally I thought the narrator was perfect for this story and really enriched the experience by helping me relate to the main character and also understand his deep bond with his best friend that is the core thread of the story.

Not my usual genre but really glad I stepped out to give this a try.

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