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The lie of the land

The lie of the land

Craig, Amanda, 1959- author

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

Hardback, Book. English. General.
Published London: Little, Brown, 2017

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Statement of responsibility: Amanda Craig
ISBN: 1408709295, 9781408709290
Physical Description: 419 pages ; 25 cm
Subject: Devon (England) Fiction.

Author note

Amanda Craig is a British novelist, short-story writer and critic. Born in South Africa in 1959, she grew up in Italy, where her parents worked for the UN, and was educated at Bedales School and Clare College Cambridge.
After a brief time in advertising and PR, she became a journalist for newspapers such as The Sunday Times, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent, winning both the Young Journalist of the Year and the Catherine Pakenham Award. She was the children's critic for the Independent on Sunday and The Times. She still reviews children's books for the New Statesman, and literary fiction for the Observer, but is mostly a full-time novelist. Her last novel, Hearts And Minds, was long-listed for the Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction.

In 2017 she will publish two works with Little,Brown: The Other Side of You (a novella for Galaxy Quick Reads) and The Lie Of the Land.

Each novel can be read separately, but is part of an interconnected contemporary cast of characters, in which minor protagonists become major.

Reviews

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||A gripping, compassionate and often funny take on a cross-section of Britain that fiction tends to overlook. In the end, it is good to get out of London
Sunday Times||Pacy, well observed and, as misery brings Quentin and Lottie closer together, oddly touching
Mail on Sunday||Sharply satirical
Observer||Beautifully written . . . she writes extremely well on the nature of empathy and on the political forces that help shape who we are
Metro||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 in the sweep of her storytelling, the richness of her characters, her black comedy, irony and commitment
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||A clever, pacy and well-observed novel
Sunday Express||Craig's finger is on the nation's pulse in this sharply perceived family drama
Woman & Home||A hugely entertaining black comedy and psychological thriller rolled into one
Saga||A hugely readable book packed with incident gradually turns into a rich and revealing portrait of contemporary Britain
Readers Digest||A marvellously readable novel, written with great humour and spark, but also social heart and central relevance to the way we live now. To achieve both in one is a terrific - and uncommon
Caroline Sanderson, the Bookseller||You have a treat in store when you read the witty and insightful new novel by Amanda Craig. I just *love* The Lie of the Land, on so many levels. Land works as a rollicking narrative, a forensic examination of a marriage many will recognise, a skilful portrayal of rural poverty (spiritual as well as economic) and a serious evocation of the way humans can change
Bel Moooney||As we watch the Bredin family tumble down the property ladder out of the city to the shock of country life, Amanda Craig fearlessly and faultlessly dissects our 21st century life capturing all the anxieties and absurdities of austerity era Britain. We are left simultaneously laughing and cringing as we can't fail to see ourselves in the lives of those portrayed in The Lie of the Land. 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||an ingenious plot and a literally breathtaking denouement. Whether you are urban or rural, there is much here to keep you engrossed; often with a wince of self-awareness
Jewish Chronicle||Craig writes with intelligence and humour and she is curious about the world
New Statesman||A great novelist, with an extraordinary mixture of deep compassion for humanity and a witheringly satirical eye, Amanda Craig shows us the reality, through the eyes of her expertly drawn characters
Country Life

Back cover copy

There is no money, and the Bredins can't afford to divorce.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes."
"Not a chance?"
"No."
It's so long since they have spoken to each other, rather than exchanging curt texts on their mobile phones, that talking face to face seems strange.

'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 in the sweep of her storytelling, the richness of her characters, her black comedy, irony and commitment' 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