By (author) Lee Langley
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False Pretences by Lee Langley
Book DescriptionTeasing out the extraordinary within the everyday, FALSE PRETENCES is a contemporary novel in mosiac. Through the separate yet interlinked stories, it traces the lives of two women as they deal with the complexities of love, private terrors, violence and - most precarious of all - hope. There is mystery, wry humour, sometimes tragedy beneath the jaunty surfaces glimpsed through the years, until, by the end, we have encompassed their lives.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099273158
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lee Langley
Distant Music, Paperback (November 2014)
The story begins in 1429 on Madeira, when a peasant girl meets a boy- a Jewish outsider- from a Portuguese sailing ship. Esperanca and Emmanuel know they must part when the ship sails. From that first meeting and parting, others follow...
Butterfly's Shadow, Paperback (July 2011)
Lee Langley's bewitching story of lost hope and thwarted love opens where Puccini's opera ends; with Madame Butterfly - Cho-Cho-San - handing over her son to his American father before killing herself. In America Joey grows up torn between two cultures, haunted, like his parents, by their memories of what really happened on that fateful day.
Conversation on the Quai Voltaire, Paperback (January 2007)
Collector, adventurer and artist, Vivant Denon was a youthful courtier at Versailles; he lived through the French Revolution, and galloped across Egypt with Bonaparte. He found world fame without seeking it, risking his life and happiness in an endless quest, a love affair with art.
False Pretences, Hardback (October 1998)» View all books by Lee Langley
A collection of linked short stories which traces the complexities of love, private terrors, violence and hope in the lives of two women.
UK Kirkus Review » Purporting to be an unknown god-daughter, a frumpish girl charged with assault during an environmental protest takes refuge with a family pending trial, much to the hidebound husband's displeasure. In the same village, a bad lot is nosing around for possible blackmail after leaving a guileless woman pregnant four years earlier when kicked out by her wealthy parents. The roots of emotion are not the author's forte but her clinical eye for the time we live in and what simmers below the conventions is riveting, and the tragic outcome is relentlessly plotted. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Lee Langley
Lee Langley was born in India and spent her childhood there. Her last three novels were set in India. Changes of Address and A House in Pondicherry were shortlisted for the Hawthornden Prize and Persistent Rumours won both the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel (Eurasia) and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Best Novel Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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