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The Liars' Gospel


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It was a time of brutal tyranny and occupation. Young men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. Rumours spread. Rebels attacked the greatest empire the world has ever known.

About the Author

Naomi Alderman is the author of four novels. In 2006 she won the Orange Award for New Writers and in 2007 she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, as well as being selected as one of Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future. All of her novels have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. In 2013 she was selected for the prestigious Granta Best of Young British Writers. She lives in London.


Witty, dark and compelling -- Charlotte Mendelson
The dark wit that characterised her previous novels, Disobedience and The Lessons, runs through this book as an undercurrent, but The Liars' Gospel shows the hand of a mature novelist, a daring and accomplished work on a broad canvas. She is as much at home describing the sorrow of a mother as the cut and thrust of theological debate, as convincing on the weariness of a man forced into moral compromise as the rush of blood in a teenage boy caught up in his first riot. She paints the sweep of history through the sharp pain of human love and loss, and it is a remarkable achievement. -- Stephanie Merritt * The Observer *
Exciting, entertaining and enthralling read - this is story telling of the very highest order. It's certainly one of my books of the year. * Bookbag *
Remarkable. Alderman is a supremely talented writer -- Joanne Harris
A series of thoughtful, humane sketches that seek to earnestly put the meat of character on the bones of the bible... An evocative, secular exploration of the New Testaments' sprawling horizons * Metro *
Marvellously told and wonderfully done -- Maeve Kennedy
Such intensity ... a big book about history and violence, you can feel the blood running off the page. It is also a very personal and human book -- Dreda Say Mitchell
First piece I've read that puts you completely into the Jewish history. A fascinating new look -- Cahal Dallat
Gripping and visceral -- Arifa Akbar * The Independent *
'The descriptions of violence are visceral. Parts could be describing contemporary Afghanistan with only a change of names... indisputably elegant. -- Stuart Kelly * Scotland on Sunday *
Stunningly accomplished ... a novel of such intensity, meaning and depth that it must be destined to become a classic -- Bidisha
Brilliantly evocative... Naomi Alderman has given us an entire Jewish gospel. Yehoshuah is a Jewish Jesus, the creation of a Jewish novelist; and yet it is the genius and the generosity of Alderman's novel, it seems to me, that it does not preclude an alternative perspective, one in which mystery does indeed haunt the events it describes. -- Tom Holland * Guardian *

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