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Beautiful Lies Paperback – 24 September 2013

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  • Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint edition (24 September 2013)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 500 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0544103807
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0544103801
  • Dimensions : 13.49 x 3.16 x 20.32 cm
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A stirring and seductive novel.--Economist Clare Clark's fiction manages to maintain historical accuracy even as it indulges in great storytelling and lush prose...a captivating fable of truth and memory, Beautiful Lies speaks to us quietly yet with strength.--New York Times Book Review [An] engaging, compulsively readable window into Victorian society.--Library Journal An enthralling novel about an elaborate fiction, Beautiful Lies dazzles with its presentations of late Victorian London's political and social occupations and a remarkable woman with something to hide... An unpredictable, historically authentic take on how we all carry secrets.--Booklist (starred)
Praise for Clare Clark:
One of those writers who can see into the past and help us feel its texture.--Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall As a storyteller, Clark is endowed with verve and intelligence, but her larger gift, dazzlingly in evidence throughout both her fine novels, lies in the originality of her imagination. She gives us a world that feels alive and intense, magnificently raw.--New York Times Book Review Clark's commitment to historical color is matched by the dramatic arc of an engrossing story.--Washington Post Clare Clark writes with the eyes of a historian and the soul of a novelist.--Amanda Foreman An uplifting and ultimately optimistic tale, as well as being impressively narrated. The historical context is sound, and the plot thoroughly engages the reader. It is based on real figures and their circumstances, which are not widely known. This is a wonderful story; I have read Clare Clark's previous three novels, all of which have been reviewed by the HNS, and this is by far the best. --Historical Novels Society

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Clare Clark s fiction manages to maintain historical accuracy even as it indulges in great storytelling and lush prose . . . A captivating fable of truth and memory, Beautiful Lies speaks to us quietly yet with strength. New York Times Book Review
London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel s choices are not so simple. As her husband s career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both. When the notorious newspaper editor Alfred Webster begins to take an uncommon interest in Maribel, she fears he will not only destroy Edward s career but both of their reputations.
Beautiful Lies presents us with a couple who would surely be counted among our Beautiful People today . . . The whole novel is carefully constructed and full of wonderful details about the period. You can see that the Victorian Age is a mirror image of our own. And Edward and Maribel are touching, funny, brave, and sweet. Washington Post
[Clark] is one of those writers who can see into the past and help us feel its texture. Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
CLARE CLARK is the author of three highly acclaimed historical novels: The Great Stink, Savage Lands (both longlisted for the Orange Prize), and The Nature of Monsters. She writes regularly for the New York Times and the Washington Post and lives in London.

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