We are being deluged with First World War Publications. But Helen Dunmore’s “ The Lie” stands out as beautiful and gripping novel. It’s 1920 and a still young man faces a bleak future, having lost family and friends through the horror of the Great War. He is adrift in the wonderfully captured Cornish landscape and must face the fall of the dice having told one great lie. Dunmore’s prose deserves accolades and hundreds of thousands of readers.
The Lie, by Helen Dunmore, is published by Hutchinson, £14.99. To order a copy, call 01608 641033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.