Teasing 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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(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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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.