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The Lie of the Land

(2017)
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"I loved the The Lie of the Land. A panoramic, superbly-plotted novel about the ways we live now, about money and desire, cruelty and generosity, crime and vengeance, country and city. Craig is at the top of her game."
Helen Dunmore


"Amanda Craig is one of the most brilliant and entertaining novelists now working in Britain and her range of sympathy and humor and understanding of the Way We Live Now are deeply impressive."
Alison Lurie


"You have a treat in store when you read the witty and insightful new novel by Amanda Craig."
Bel Mooney


Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded. Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing - but why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them. Sally Verity, happily married but unhappily childless knows a different side to country life, as both a Health Visitor and a sheep farmer's wife; and when Lottie's innocent teenage son Xan gets a zero-hours contract at a local pie factory, he sees yet another. At the end of their year, the lives of all will be changed for ever. Part black comedy, part psychological suspense, this is a rich, compassionate and enthralling novel in its depiction of the English countryside, and the potentially lethal interplay between money and marriage. Although it stands alone, it continues Amanda Craig's sequence of novels featuring inter-connected characters which illuminate aspects of contemporary life. It is the work of a writer at the height of her powers.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Lie of the Land
Author(s): Amanda Craig
ISBN: 1-4087-0929-5 / 978-1-4087-0929-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Availability: Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

February 2018 : UK Paperback
Title: The Lie of the Land
Author(s): Amanda Craig
ISBN: 0-349-14268-8 / 978-0-349-14268-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Lie of the Land
Author(s): Amanda Craig
ISBN: 1-4087-0930-9 / 978-1-4087-0930-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2017 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Lie of the Land
Author(s): Amanda Craig
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


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