FINDING NEW VOICES
DEFINING NEW GENRES
When Ben and Juliette’s young daughter dies in a tragic accident on a school trip, they begin searching for answers. But will they ever know the truth? What was the role of the teacher on the trip – and are the rumours about his past true? As Ben and Juliette search for the truth and the pressure rises, their own secrets and motivations are revealed….
An Honest Deceit is an intelligent and gripping contemporary psychological thriller that questions not just the motives of others, but the real reasons for discovering the truth.
With An Honest Deceit, Guy Mankowski has invented a new sub-genre in crime fiction. This novel would satisfy even the most discerning reader. I was hooked. I loved it.
Ruth Dugdall, bestselling author of The Sacrificial Man and Nowhere Girl
A mesmerising observation of speaking truth to power. Reminded me of Murakami. Mankowski writes characters that are painfully human and fallible. I finished it in one night.
Hanna Jameson, author of Something You Are and Girl Seven
Guy Mankowski is a great writer. Great in the sense that he is unafraid to tackle a multiplicity of themes, genres and characters. I have read all of his novels and a lot of his short stories and I am consistently entranced with his ability (and a bit jealous that he’s so damn good) – his prose style is lyrical, direct and carefully allows the reader into the story at a pace which makes you want to keep turning the pages, not an easy thing to do at all. An Honest Deceit is yet another tangent from Mankowski. The characters and story are not what I expected, I WANT to tell you what happens – I WANT to reveal details. I loved this book so much I asked my wife to read it and am still asking her each day how far she’s got! The intimacy in the dialogue, the moments that make you stop and read a particular sentence again create an experience you feel you are a part of. I really want to talk to someone about this book – like dissecting a film scene by scene. This is Mankowski’s best novel yet. A book of emotional intelligence. A courageous leap forward in characterisation. A book that confirms what I’ve known for ages. He is one of the best young writers in the UK.
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‘A powerful, thought-provoking collection’ –Polly Courtney, author & broadcaster
‘To The Lions takes an honest and raw look at the pain in human relationships. It is a personal collection with universal themes. The imagery takes your breath away.’ –Josie-Anne Gray, The Dock
‘To The Lions is a dark, hard – hitting collection with a strong sense of yearning and loss’ –Paul D. Brazill, author of A Case Of Noir and Guns Of Brixton
In this third collection of poetry from talented Claire Meadows we see the writer revisit some of the themes she explored in Gold After, a collection that had an intense and at times harrowing quality about it. To The Lions is no less an intense collection and challenges the reader with its unflinching journey through painful places. The result is worth the challenge as the language is powerful, taut and inventive throughout and the collection has a pleasing unity and sense of completeness.
The amazing cover image of To the Lions is called ‘Silencio’ and was created by the incredibly talented Diana Haze
The latest review is from To Die For:
What do we want from artists? The same thing we want from ourselves: courage. Claire Meadows writes with an utterly exhilarating bravery. She knows full well that a truly lived live, and a genuinely felt love, involve being vulnerable to a tremendous dose of suffering. She presents her feelings with an unmediated, unadorned rawness that serves as a wake up call to being alive. We are nakedly bidden to leave our comfort zone and experience life as the brutal, erotic, exhilarating mess that we all secretly know it to be. If you want to remember how to feel, instead of coldly trying to think your way through life, I muchly recommend you dip or dive into this beautiful, twisted and blazingly redemptive selection of postcards from the inner sanctum.Read More
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