Friday 28 February 2014

Book Beginnings On Fridays (The Lie)

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.


My book beginning is The Lie by Helen Dunmore


He comes to me, clagged in mud from head to foot. A mud statue, but a breathing one. The breath whistles in and out of him. He stands at my bed-end. Even when the wind is banging over the roof that I've bodged with corrugated iron, it's very quiet. He doesn't speak. Sometimes I wish that he would break the silence, but then I'm afraid of what he might say. 

 The Lie 

Book Description:

 Cornwall, 1920, early spring.

A young man stands on a headland, looking out to sea. He is back from the war, homeless and without family.

Behind him lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life, forged in a crucible of shared suffering.

Daniel has survived, but the horror and passion of the past seem more real than the quiet fields around him.

He is about to step into the unknown. But will he ever be able to escape the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie?

Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss by one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers.


  1. I have read several books set in this time. It was such a terrible war and the men coming home were often damaged. It is a great setting for a story. Got to get the Book Beginning and Friday 56 posted quickly since I should be going to bed.

  2. I like the sound of this one and have seen some good reviews. Hope you are enjoying it Sam.

    1. I finished it earlier today, it's very good.

  3. Sounds like a dramatic and sad story. I'd have to be in the right mood to read this one!
    Here's the link to my Friday post: WILD.


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