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The Lie of the Land

Author: Amanda Craig

Publisher: Abacus

ISBN: 9780349142685

Category: Country life

Page: 464

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CHOSEN AS BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, TELEGRAPH, NEW STATESMAN, EVENING STANDARD, SUNDAY TIMES AND IRISHTIMES 'Terrific, page-turning, slyly funny' India Knight 'As satisfying a novel as I have read in years' Sarah Perry 'Amanda Craig is one of the most brilliant and entertaining novelists now working in Britain' Alison Lurie 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.

The Lie of the Land

Author: Amanda Craig

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781408709290

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Page: 432

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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.

The Lie of the Land

Author: Amanda Craig

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408709317

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 932

CHOSEN AS BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, TELEGRAPH, NEW STATESMAN, EVENING STANDARD, SUNDAY TIMES AND IRISHTIMES 'Terrific, page-turning, slyly funny' India Knight 'As satisfying a novel as I have read in years' Sarah Perry 'Amanda Craig is one of the most brilliant and entertaining novelists now working in Britain' Alison Lurie 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.

The Lie of the Land

Migrant Workers and the California Landscape

Author: Don Mitchell

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452901923

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Page: N.A

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The Lie of the Land

Author: Utley, Jaspar David

Publisher: University of Namibia Press

ISBN: 9991642358

Category: Fiction

Page: 202

View: 8344

The Lie of the Land is a novel set against the background of the German colonial wars in Namibia in the early 1900s. The central character is an academic in linguistics who occasionally acts as a British agent. He is a cynical, private individual who sees himself as a neutral observer but is eventually forced to take sides when he witnesses the atrocities of the Herero and Nama genocide and, above all, meets a young Nama woman who enchants him. The novel explores the shifting nature of the oppressor and the oppressed. Despite the unfolding tragic events, the story is lightened by surprising bursts of humour, and is ultimately a love story.

The Lie of the Land

Irish Identities

Author: Fintan O'Toole

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841327

Category: History

Page: 172

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A collection of essays focusing on contemporary Irish culture, discussing nationalism, sexual politics, the Church, and Ireland's place in a global economy

The Lie of the Land

Challenging Received Wisdom on the African Environment

Author: Melissa Leach

Publisher: James Currey Publishers

ISBN: 9780852554098

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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Questions the reasoning behind Western images of the environmental destruction taking place in Africa.

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English literary studies in India

Author: Rajeswari Sunder Rajan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 308

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English literature is studied, at some stage or the other, by almost every middle- and upper-class person in India. Its importance as a discipline, or as a body of texts, that shapes the minds, attitudes, behaviour and social aspirations of India's educated urban elites - who occupy powerful positions in government, business and industry - is often fundamental and certainly undoubted. Yet some of the most basic questions about English literary studies in India - such as their relevance and validity, their social functions, their institutional contexts, their pedagogic and publishing practices - are never posed. This volume, taken as a whole, breaks the long silence and asks why. It comprises seventeen essays, fourteen of which are by women academics. Collectively, they seek to show up the sorts of conservative orthodoxies, bureaucratic power structures, fossilized thought processes, unacademic institutions, colonial worldviews, outdated theoretical frameworks, gross cultural premises and crassly commercialized situations which frequently define what it means to study and teach English literature in India. The essays appear in eight sections; the first has two pieces which situate English within British and post-Independence India; the second has an essay on teaching English in the colonial context; the third has one on teaching it today. The fourth section focuses on three widely-prescribed English literary texts and analyses Indian classroom responses to these. The fifth section examines ideological and business contexts: an essay on publishing outlines the markets for anthologies, textbooks and monographs; another essay provides a critique of England's mediations in India via theBritish Council. The sixth section looks at the broad types of students and teachers that exist in university departments of English, as well as at the attitudes, aspirations and academic situations that commonly prevail. The seventh section has a piece on the sorts of intellectual resistance that dominate Indian academia, specifically the resistance to those new and changing parameters of thinking about English literature which question both the sacred canon of Eng. Lit. and the professorial guardians of that canon. The final section has essays on the position of English in a post-colonial society, and on the desirability of using linguistic tools to penetrate the paradigms of literary criticism. An annexure on landmarks in Indian education policy serves as conclusion. The contributors to this volume are all Indian academics who have taught English in the country's major universities, and some of whom are now highly - reputed expatriate professors of English in the West. Their book is a pioneering attempt to situate, define, analyse, historicize, destabilize and problematize the study of English in India. This volume will seem invaluable to teachers and students of sociology, history, colonialism and culture, and to all who teach or study English literature anywhere in the world.

The Lies of the Land

An Honest History of Political Deceit

Author: Adam Macqueen

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1786492504

Category: Humor

Page: 352

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Trust in our politicians is at an all-time low. We're in a "post-truth" era, where feelings trump facts, and where brazen rhetoric beats honesty. But do politicians lie more than they used to? And do we even want them to tell the truth? In a history full of wit and political acumen, Private Eye journalist Adam Macqueen dissects the gripping stories of the biggest political lies of the last half century, from the Profumo affair to Blair's WMDs to Boris Johnson's £350 million for the NHS. Covering lesser known whoppers, infamous lies from foreign shores ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman"), and some of the resolute untruths from Donald Trump's explosive presidential campaign, this is the quintessential guide to dishonesty from our leaders - and the often pernicious relationship between parliament and the media. But this book is also so much more. It explains how in the space of a lifetime we have gone from the implicit assumption that our rulers have our best interests at heart, to assuming the worst even when - in the majority of cases - politicians are actually doing their best.

The lie of the land

Author: Sam North

Publisher: Harvill Secker

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 281

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Prohibition, the lie of the land

Author: Sean Dennis Cashman

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 290

View: 1804

From the perspectives of politicians, the temperance movement, law enforcers, gangsters, and the ordinary American citizen, the origin, history, and repeal of Prohibition as well as the country's disregard of the liquor laws are examined

Lie of the Land

Author: Michael F. Russel

Publisher: Polygon

ISBN: 9781846973604

Category: City and town life

Page: 304

View: 9393

For investigative journalist Carl Shewan, the Scottish coastal village of Inverlair is a picturesque cage. Imprisoned in this remote refuge by a technological catastrophe for which he feels partly responsible, Carl struggles to adapt to impending fatherhood and to a harsh new existence in an ancient landscape, until a childless gamekeeper offers him an alternative to guilt and alienation. Set in the near future, Lie of the Land examines the claustrophobia of small-town life and questions how far the state will go to preserve an orderly society, one in which ubiquitous surveillance has reduced human life to a virtual experience.

The Phantom Atlas

The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps

Author: Edward Brooke-Hitching

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 145216844X

Category: History

Page: 256

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The Phantom Atlas is a guide to the world not as it is, but as it was imagined to be. It's a world of ghost islands, invisible mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases through mistakes, misunderstanding, fantasies, and outright lies. This richly illustrated book collects and explores the colorful histories behind a striking range of real antique maps that are all in some way a little too good to be true. Author Edward Brooke-Hitching investigates the places where exploration and mythology meet, using gorgeous atlas images as springboards for tales of the deranged buccaneers, seafaring monks, heroes, swindlers, and other amazing stories behind cartography's greatest phantoms.

The Lie

Author: Helen Dunmore

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802192548

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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From award-winning novelist, Helen Dunmore, comes The Lie; a spellbinding tale of love, remembrance, and deception, set against the backdrop of World War I. Cornwall, 1920. Infantry officer Daniel Branwell has returned to his coastal hometown after the war. Unmoored and alone, Daniel spends his days in solitude, quietly working the land. However, all is not as it seems in the peaceful idylls of the countryside; and although he has left the trenches, Daniel cannot escape his dreadful past. As former friendships re-ignite, Daniel is drawn deeper and deeper into the tangled traumas of his youth and the memories of his best friend and his first love. Old wounds reopen, and old troubles resurface, though none so great as the lie that threatens to ruin Daniel’s life, the lie from which he cannot run. Told with Dunmore’s breathtaking poise and exacting suspense, The Lie is a haunting and captivating journey through the mind of a tormented man, as he tries to fit the pieces of his shattered past together.

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Author: Scott Lynch

Publisher: Spectra

ISBN: 9780553902716

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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“Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch’s first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining.”—The Times (London) An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying. Praise for The Lies of Locke Lamora “Fresh, original, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized.”—George R. R. Martin “Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind “A unique fantasy milieu peopled by absorbing, colorful characters . . . Locke’s wit and audacity endear him to victims and bystanders alike.”—The Seattle Times “A true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf . . . Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens.”—Booklist (starred review) “High-octane fantasy . . . a great swashbuckling yarn of a novel.”—Richard Morgan From the Hardcover edition.

The Lie of the Land

An under-the-field guide to the British Isles

Author: Ian Vince

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330535889

Category: History

Page: 304

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Like most of us, Ian Vince used to think of the British countryside as average, unexciting - as dramatic as a nice cup of tea. Then, over the course of a single car journey, the features of our green and pleasant land reawakened a fascination with geology that he had long forgotten, and he began to delve beneath the surface (metaphorically, that is). From the rocks of north-west Scotland which are amongst the oldest on the planet to St Michael's Mount off the coast of Cornwall, which was still being shaped in human memory, The Lie of the Land takes us on a journey through a fantastically exotic Britain of red desert sands, shattering continental collisions and tides of volcanic lava. Ian Vince shows us how Britain came to look the way it does; and with warmth and wit transports us back through billions of years to a land that time forgot.

A Vicious Circle

Author: Amanda Craig

Publisher: Abacus

ISBN: 140551678X

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 456

A Vicious Circle exposes the corruption of London's journalistic circuit, the horrors of our hospitals and slums, and the transformations caused by motherhood. Gripping, tender and fiercely funny, it has been instantly recognised as a modern classic about the way we live now. 'A love story and political comment, a defence of the art of fiction, a masterpiece . . . The greatest novelist under the age of fifty has now stepped onto the stage' A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard 'It's like Dickens without the long-winded bits. It makes you laugh, it makes you blub . . . an excellent and entertaining read' Val Hennessey, Daily Mail

The Lay of the Land

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307363708

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 9669

With The Sportswriter, in 1985, Richard Ford began a cycle of novels that ten years later – after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award – was hailed by The Times of London as “an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself.” Frank Bascombe’s story resumes, in the fall of 2000, with the presidential election still hanging in the balance and Thanksgiving looming before him with all the perils of a post-nuclear family get-together. He’s now plying his trade as a realtor on the Jersey shore and contending with health, marital and familial issues that have his full attention: “all the ways that life seems like life at age fifty-five strewn around me like poppies.” Richard Ford’s first novel in over a decade: the funniest, most engaging (and explosive) book he’s written, and a major literary event. From the Hardcover edition.

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