A Book of Untruths
A deeply original memoir about the lies we tell ourselves and the flexibility of ‘truth’.
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A Book of Untruths is a family story told through lies. This is a book about love, marriage, childhood, ageing, and the terrible acts we commit, remember and forget. It is about how we build a sense of ourselves through the stories we tell and the memories we shape. Shocking, invigorating and revelatory, A Book of Untruths shows that with every breath we take, another untruth may come out.
A witty, moving memoir about growing up, marriage and the terrible things we do to those we love.
The book is often bleak but, goodness, it is gripping . . . Her words have such clarity and bite that you believe every one of them.
A powerful, distinctive memoir . . . the darkest truths are teased out, and examined – with Doyle challenging the reader to stick with her tense, candid, sage testimony to the last unsettling, rewarding word.
A refreshingly original debut.
Extraordinary. A Book of Untruths combines a painfully frank yet strangely rewarding account of a terrifying childhood, a compelling narrative packed with vivid and sometimes terrifying characters, and a meditation on time, memory and identity that, while it travels its own contemporary path, raises questions that would not seem out of place in Speak, Memory or Augustine’s Confessions.
This memoir of a family narrated through lies is unlike anything I’ve read. It’s absolutely addictive. There’s a fearlessness to Miranda Doyle’s writing that is liberating, and a warmth of sensibility that keeps you with her on every page.
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