The Care and Management of Lies
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A new, stand-alone novel from New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear.
By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained – by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm.
When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management – a veiled criticism of the bride’s ordinary life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield herself, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.
As Tom marches to the front lines and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unravelling, they hide their despair in letters filled with stories woven to bring comfort. But will well-intended lies and self- deception be of use when they come face-to-face with the enemy?
What The Critics Said
'A haunting, yet very engaging story'
'Poignant, sensitive and evocative, this is an inspiring exploration of women's changing roles in a turbulent world'
Good Book Guide
'Jacqueline Winspear has a formidable command of the history of the Great War, and a stunning ability to take some of the most amazing and horrible aspects of that era and bring them home.'
'This new stand-alone novel is, above all, a moving tale about the beauty of those very virtues — fortitude, faithfulness, compassion — that the Great War called into question'
The Washington Post
'A stunning and heart-breaking novel set in WWI, both in the trenches in France and in the fields of England. A haunting and evocative account from an unusual angle of this war, this tale with pull at the heart strings.'
Sheila O'Reilly, Dulwich Books
'Stunning characterisation and dialogue...a timely look at the turmoil the war brought not only to those serving on the front lines but also to those left behind. A must-read for the summer months!'
‘There is power in subtlety. This one is a stunner’
Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park
‘A moving, beautifully paced story of love and duty’
'The Great War’s impact on the home front and battlefield is portrayed in Winspear’s winning stand-alone tale... While questioning war’s value and showing its terrible effects off the battlefield, Winspear fashions a stunning trajectory for her main characters.'
'In The Care and Management of Lies the wonderfully talented Winspear writes irresistibly about the First World War, both in the trenches of France and the fields of England. Her richly complex characters walk right off the page and into our imaginations, as we fight with them, farm with them, cook with them. I devoured this dazzling novel.'
Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
'A haunting evocation, from an unusual angle, of the war that cast such a shadow over the whole 20th century. Jacqueline Winspear knows her native England, and the human heart, very well indeed.'
Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion 1914-1918
'An engaging picture of the human spirit in a distant time of war, World War I, from the battlefields to the home front in an English village.'
Herman Wouk, author of The Winds of War and War and Remembrance