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Lies of Silence

(1990)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Publisher's Weekly
Set in his native Belfast, this is Moore's ( The Color of Blood ) most powerful, meaningful and timely novel, one that will generate strong emotions and diverse opinions. Michael Dillon's literary aspirations vanished when he became the manager of a small hotel; he thinks of himself as ''a failed poet in a business suit.'' Married to a shrewish, dependent woman, he has just decided to leave her and move to London with his lover, a young Canadian woman, when he is swept into Northern Ireland's daily violence. A group of IRA thugs invades his home and holds his wife hostage while Michael is directed to plant a bomb that will kill a Protestant minister. Seamlessly turning what begins as a drama of domestic unhappiness into a chilling thriller, Moore engages Michael in a moral dilemma: whether to risk his wife's safety but save countless other lives by informing the police of the bomb ticking in his car. Once made, Michael's decision leads to yet more excruciating choices, escalating the tension in a narrative that mirrors the conflict which neither camp can win. As he depicts the passions on both sides of the civil war, Moore excoriates both ''Protestant prejudice and Catholic cant,'' deploring the ceaseless conflict in ''this British Province founded on inequality and sectarian hate.'' If the novel seems, in retrospect, perhaps a little contrived, readers will remain riveted as it hurtles to an inevitable, cleverly plotted conclusion.

Library Journal
First you take an adulterous husband, then you add a neurotic, bulemic wife; then enter the girlfriend, and you have a pretty fair story. But if you are Moore you put them in the middle of the troubles in Belfast and sic the IRA on them. The protagonist, Michael Dillon, is a hotel manager who thwarts a bomb attempt by double-crossing the terrorists. The wife goes on TV to speak out against the IRA, and life gets complicated. Michael Dillon's hesitations in deciding an issue of conscience are all too real. Moore builds tension by just describing the trip home. His other novels, Emperor of Ice Cream (LJ 8/65), Catholics (LJ 3/1/73), and The Great Victorian Collection (LJ 9/1/75), to name a diverse few, have won for him such prizes as the Royal Society of Literature award and the Governor General of Canada award for fiction. A good, quick, thought-provoking novel, recommended for general readers. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/90.-- Lynn Thompson, Ozark Re gional Lib., Ironton, Mo.

AudioFile - Yuri Rasovsky
The Irish troubles inspire still more fiction. On the verge of leaving his wife for another woman, a poet manque is visited by the IRA, a confrontation that complicates and considerably shortens his life. Without ever crossing the line into overacting, Steven Crossley gives us a dramatic performance of this tense, slow-motion morality tale. With one exception, his characterizations are vivid. Unfortunately, the exception is the vascillating hero, whose dilemma of conscience centers the entire opus. Crossley, compounding the author's felony, fails to give us a good reason to care about this man. Indeed, there's no man there. Y.R. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine



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December 2004 : Hardback

Title: Lies of Silence (5-pack) (Words matter)
Author(s): Brian Moore, Roald Dahl, John Steinbeck, Mary-Ellen Lang Collura, Rukshana Smith, Roddy Doyle, Tim O'Brien
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February 1995 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lies of Silence (Bloomsbury Classic Series)
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-7475-1886-6 / 978-0-7475-1886-0 (UK edition)
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March 1993 : USA Hardback
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ISBN: 0-517-09878-4 / 978-0-517-09878-3 (USA edition)
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November 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lies Of Silence (Charnwood Large Print Library Series)
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-7089-8611-0 / 978-0-7089-8611-0 (UK edition)
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July 1991 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lies of Silence (New Portway Large Print Books)
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ISBN: 0-7451-7282-2 / 978-0-7451-7282-8 (UK edition)
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August 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: LIES OF SILENCE
Author(s): Brian Moore
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April 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lies of Silence
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1990 : Canada Hardback
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ISBN: 0-88619-275-7 / 978-0-88619-275-4 (Canada edition)
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : UK Paperback

Title: Lies Of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 1-78487-552-X / 978-1-78487-552-7 (UK edition)
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April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lies of Silence: A Novel
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 1-5040-5033-9 / 978-1-5040-5033-3 (USA edition)
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lies Of Silence: Vintage 21
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-09-956374-6 / 978-0-09-956374-7 (UK edition)
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October 2005 : Canada Paperback

Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-88619-424-5 / 978-0-88619-424-6 (Canada edition)
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May 2002 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Lies Of Silence: A Novel
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-88619-322-2 / 978-0-88619-322-5 (Canada edition)
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November 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lies Of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-09-999810-6 / 978-0-09-999810-5 (UK edition)
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July 1992 : UK Paperback

Title: Lies of Silence (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books)
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-7451-3305-3 / 978-0-7451-3305-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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November 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-380-71547-3 / 978-0-380-71547-3 (USA edition)
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September 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore, Roy Blatchford, Geoff Barton
ISBN: 0-582-08170-X / 978-0-582-08170-3 (UK edition)
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February 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-09-977920-X / 978-0-09-977920-9 (UK edition)
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January 1991 : UK Paperback

Title: Lies Of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-09-982990-8 / 978-0-09-982990-4 (UK edition)
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October 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-09-989700-8 / 978-0-09-989700-2 (UK edition)
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August 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-7475-0817-8 / 978-0-7475-0817-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Audio Editions

December 1997 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-7887-1304-3 / 978-0-7887-1304-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books LLC
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1991 : USA Audio CD

Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 1-4361-7996-3 / 978-1-4361-7996-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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November 1990 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Lies of Silence: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-7451-6171-5 / 978-0-7451-6171-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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November 1990 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Lies of Silence
Author(s): Brian Moore
ISBN: 0-8161-9563-3 / 978-0-8161-9563-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lies of Silence: A Novel
Author(s): Brian Moore
Publisher: Open Road Media
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