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The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies

Mary Horlock

  • award*longlisted, Guardian First Book Award, 2011*
  • Guernsey, 1985. Fifteen-year-old Catherine Rozier has a secret she can no longer keep to herself. It’s about the night her best friend fell from the cliffs.

    Twenty years earlier, Charlie Rozier stands at the edge of the same cliffs, looking for a confession of a different kind. He thinks he was betrayed by his friend during the Occupation, and now he wants the truth to come out.

    This stunning debut from Mary Horlock is about the conflicts and trials of growing up, the secrets of families, and the repressed histories that we all harbour. Captivating and moving, it is a journey with two characters whose unique voices the reader will not easily forget.

    Watch an introduction by Mary here.

    Read the Independent review here.

    Mary Horlock
    About the Author

    Mary Horlock was born in Australia but grew up in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. She studied Art History and worked as a curator at the Tate for many years, overseeing the Turner Prize and organising exhibitions for leading contemporary artists. The Book of Lies is her first novel.

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    28 March 2011
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    Praise for Mary Horlock
    andThe Book of Lies

    This extraordinary novel is about the consequences not only of claustrophobia, but the toxic repercussions of the German occupation. There is a richness of observation to divert one from the grimness of the story: the Guernsey dialect, the period details, and acutely observed and plausible psychological truths behind the characters’ actions. It is a complex and deeply satisfying novel, and I can scarcely believe it is Horlock’s first book.’