The Lie of the Land

Amanda Craig
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A funny, moving and brilliantly characterised novel about what happens when the metropolitan dream goes sour.
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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)

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.

A suspenseful black comedy, this is a rich, compassionate and enthralling novel in its depiction of the English countryside, and the potentially lethal interplay between money and marriage.

'There is much to relish here. The sharp characters, the smooth grown-up prose, the irony, and the ability to weave warmth and dark honesty like few other novelists can. A very good read indeed' (Matt Haig)

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

'Sharply satirical' (The Observer)

'Like all great fiction, it embraces us with a brilliant story while holding up an unflinching mirror asking questions of ourselves' (Roland Gulliver, Associate Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival)

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ISBN 9781408709290
Format Hardback
Publication date 13 Jun 2017

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