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Publisher's Summary

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 forever. 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.

©2018 Amanda Craig (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"I loved the The Lie of the Land. A panoramic, superbly-plotted novel about the ways we live now, about money and desire, cruelty and generosity, crime and vengeance, country and city. Craig is at the top of her game." (Helen Dunmore)
"She has everything you look for in a major novelist." (Alison Pearson, Sunday Telegraph)
"Terrific, page-turning, slyly funny." (India Knight)

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