The Lie

Helen Dunmore

Cornwall, 1920, early spring. A young man stands on a headland, looking out to sea. He is back from the war, homeless and without family. Behind him lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life. Daniel has survived, but the horror and passion of the past seem more real than the quiet fields around him. He is about to step into the unknown. But will he ever be able to escape the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie?

It is 1920, and an orphaned and penniless young man returns to his native Cornwall after fighting in the First World War. Frederick, his best friend from childhood, died in the trenches and now his ghost torments Daniel nightly by appearing to him covered in mud. Daniel initially hangs on to his sanity after the horrors he had experienced. But ahead of him await the terrible consequences of a lie. This book is simply magnificent; an astounding achievement.

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