All Bones And Lies

All Bones And Lies

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Colin is in many ways an ideal citizen. He holds down a responsible job for the council. He visits his aged mother Nora, shops for her, cooks for her, and listens to her grumbles. He also keeps in touch with his sister Dilys, long estranged from her mother, in a vain attempt to maintain family ties. But neither Dilys, Norah nor Colin's colleagues know about his other - much more secret - life that involves a garden shed, a circus acrobat, a much adored three-year-old charmer, and a certain Mr Haksar's increasingly disquieting penchant for squabbling with his neighbours. What Colin doesn't know is that, thanks to a house insurance policy incorrectly filled in by his mother, his two lives are set to collide, and there is nothing he can do to stop them. With her customary wit and perception, subtle yet razor sharp in her powers of observation, Anne Fine has produced another tour de force. Her portrait of the complex dynamics of family relationships is as lucid as it is uncomfortable, ending with a climax that in its wry irony and sheer unexpectedness is truly shocking.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552998982
  • 9780552998987

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"* 'A children's writer of rare gifts' TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT * 'When it comes to innovative writing, Ann Fine leads the pack' BOOKLIST * 'A writer of great originalit. Anne Fine's books are a delight to read' CHILDREN'S FICTION SOURCEBOOKshow more

About Anne Fine

ANNE FINE is one of the children's authors of today. She has taken the position of second Children's Laureate, 2001-2003. This is a two-year post dedicated to progressing reading and a love of books in children. Anne succeeds Quentin Blake who was the first Children's Laureate. Shortlisted for the inaugural Children's Laureate in 1999, she has won many awards for her work, including the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Whitbread Children's Novel Award (twice), the Guardian Children's Literature Award, a Smarties Prize and she has twice been voted Children's Writer of the Year. She has written over forty books for children and adults, including GOGGLE-EYES, FLOUR BABIES, BILL'S NEW FROCK, THE TULIP TOUCH and MADAME DOUBTFIRE (which was made into a feature film by Twentieth Century Fox, starring Robin Williams.show more

Review Text

"'Hugely enjoyable and disturbingly acute'"show more

Back cover copy

Colin is in many ways an ideal citizen. He works for the council. He visits his aged mother, Norah, cooks for her, and listens to her grumbles. He also keeps in touch with his sister Dilys, long estranged from her mother, in a vain attempt to maintain family ties. But neither Dilys, Norah nor Colin's colleagues know about his other, secret life - which involves a garden shed, a circus acrobat, a much adored three-year-old charmer, and a certain Mr Haksar's penchant for squabbling with his neighbours. What Colin does not know is that, thanks to an incorrectly filled in house insurance policy, his two lives are set to collide, and there is nothing he can do to stop them.show more

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42 ratings
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4 21% (9)
3 36% (15)
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1 12% (5)
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