White Lies


"A debut novel which possesses and is possessed by a rare authority of voice… the mother’s voice that sings White Lies into unforgettability. Hers and Eve’s. Their thoughts and writing ring like music." — The Scotsman.


About this book: First accepted for publication in hardback by Quartet Books. By 1950, Kenya was on the verge of one of the bloodiest wars of decolonisation fought in Britain’s twentieth century empire. Britain’s Gulag. Eve is dutifully typing her father’s dictated memoirs of his time as a soldier in WWII and in Nairobi during the Mau Mau uprising. With growing unease, she questions his account of what really happened in Kenya. A different story – of love and adultery – written by Eve’s mother, comes to light after her death. The two young sisters recount fragments of their time in Africa; their naive voices break into the adult deceptions.


White Lies is about different kinds of war and different kinds of loving. It explores the fragility and partiality of memory and our need to re-write the past so that it does not jar with the stories we tell ourselves and others.


About the author: Lynn Michell has published 13 books including an illustrated writing scheme for schools, a book about ME, and two books published by The Women’s Press.

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World rights available.



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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: April 2011
  • English
  • 9780955961830 / 0955961831
  • Paperback
  • Primary Price: 11.99 GBP
  • Pages: 318
  • Linen Press / Linen
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Published
  • Responsibility: Lynn Michell.
  • Dimensions: 21.5x14 cm