Lies that Blind

Lies that Blind : A Novel of Late 18th Century Penang

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Malaya, 1788:
Aspiring journalist Jim Lloyd jeopardises his future in ways he never could have imagined. He risks his wealthy father's wrath to ride the coat-tails of Captain Francis Light, an adventurer governing the East India Company's new trading settlement on Penang. Once arrived on the island, Jim-as Light's assistant-hopes that chronicling his employer's achievements will propel them both to enduring fame. But the naïve young man soon discovers that years of deception and double-dealing have strained relations between Light and Penang's legal owner, Sultan Abdullah of Queda, almost to the point of war. Tensions mount: Pirate activity escalates, traders complain about Light's monopolies, and inhabitants threaten to flee, fearing a battle the fledgling settlement cannot hope to win against the Malays. Jim realises that a shared obsession with renown has brought him and Light perilously close to infamy: a fate the younger man, at least, fears more than death. Yet Jim will not leave Penang because of his dedication to Light's young son, William, and his perplexing attraction to a mercurial Dutchman. He must stay and confront his own misguided ambitions as well as help save the legacy of a man he has come to despise.

Inspired by true events, Lies That Blind is a story featuring historical character Francis Light (1740-1794) who, in an effort to defy his mortality, was seemingly willing to put the lives and livelihoods of a thousand souls on Penang at risk.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 231 x 24mm | 370g
  • Singapore
  • English
  • 981495442X
  • 9789814954426
  • 2,827,408

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"A rich story of intrigue and deception with some engaging twists and turns." Kirkus Reviews

"The overall plot line is original and compelling from the start with Alexander's writing as descriptive, articulate and well-paced as ever. The characters have been well developed and bring interest and complexity to the story--a feature that sets this book apart from others in its genre. For readers interested in an original historical fiction novel filled with adventure and unexpected twists and turns, this book is for you. Book Excellence Awards

"There are far too many stories of this period, written from a white-saviour's viewpoint, with little regard for the experiences of 'the natives'. E.S. Alexander has managed to give us as unbiased a picture of the period as possible, while still maintaining the POV of an Englishman. The prose is masterful." Audrey Chin, author of The Ash House

"Liz (E.S.) Alexander has successfully transported us back to an important and interesting period in the history of Malaya with great fervour and personal perspectives. I find the story that Liz weaves around the main characters, Light and Lloyd, which we learnt from the history books, provides an intimate and personal dimension to otherwise faceless men during a colourful period of adventure and discovery. Reading this book is truly an enjoyable experience." Datuk Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President & CEO, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology

"Lies That Bind transported me to another time and place, like any good historical novel should, but it also gripped me with intrigue, wonderfully flawed characters, and masterful storytelling. E. S. Alexander has pulled off a visual and dramatic powerhouse that pulls you in and never lets you go until it's had its complete way with you. But, isn't that what every reader wants from a memorable story? Jeff Lyons, Author of Anatomy of a Premise Line and Rapid Story Development, screenwriter, and film/TV story consultant
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About E.S. Alexander

E.S. Alexander was born in St. Andrews, Scotland in 1954, although her family moved to England a few years later. Her earliest memories include producing a newspaper with the John Bull printing set she was given one Christmas. She wrote and directed her, Osiris, at age 16, performed to an audience of parents, teachers, and pupils by the Lower Fifth Drama Society at her school in Bolton, Lancashire. Early on in her writing career, E.S. wrote several short stories featuring 'The Dover Street Sleuth', Dixon Hawke for a D.C. Thomson newspaper in Scotland. Several of her (undoubtedly cringe-worthy) teenage poems were published in An Anthology of Verse. E.S. combined several decades as a freelance journalist writing for UK magazines and newspapers ranging from British Airway's Business Life and the Daily Mail, to Marie Claire and Supply Chain Management magazine, with a brief stint as a presenter/reporter for various radio stations and television channels, including the BBC. In 2001 she moved to the United States where she earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in educational psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. She has written and co-authored 17 internationally published, award-winning non-fiction books that have been translated into more than 20 languages. In 2017, E.S. relocated to Malaysia. She lives in Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang where she was inspired to embark on one of the few forms of writing left for her to tackle: the novel.
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