London Lies

London Lies : Urban Tales from Liars' League

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From the mean streets of Hackney to sleepy South London suburbs, from boho Bloomsbury to City wine bars, London Lies is a tour of the capital as you've never seen it before. Moving from 1930s Camden to a Royal Wedding "riot", via football fights, office steeplechases and awkward dates in art galleries, London Lies is a bizarre, funny, moving and sometimes unnerving glimpse into the secret life of the city we all love and know.Featuring nineteen writers and twenty-three stories showcased at award-winning monthly live literature event, London's Liars' League
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 8.89mm | 163.29g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1909208000
  • 9781909208001
  • 1,220,701

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Londonist Review from 16th November 2012 On the second Tuesday of every month, if you head to the basement of the Phoenix pub on Cavendish Square, you can hear new short stories written to a specific theme. You will have stumbled upon Liars' League, and it is good. Open submissions are whittled down by the LL team, who then select actors to perform them on the night. You can see the results for yourself on their website. Of course, what this means is that over five years an awful lot of short stories have been generated. So Katy Darby and Cherry Potts have collated stories with a London link into this anthology. There's the frustrations of dating at the Renoir, finding inspiration on the tube, getting drunk and rejected by the city and many other snippets of capital life. Some are tangentially related, some could only take place here. Some end on a punchline, some on a sucker punch, and the one about an elderly lady after the apocalypse nearly had us snivelling on a commuter train. The short story is an overlooked form and it's appropriate that we're reviewing this collection in National Short Story Week. We're not going to claim that every story in London Lies is a Dorothy Parker, but each has a distinctive voice and a point to make. Perfect for reading in bite-sized chunks on the way around town. London Lies is published by Arachne Press, �????�???�??�?�£9.99. Available from Amazon or your local bookshop.show more
by Cherry J Potts
A celebration in short stories of what makes London the city it is: the landmarks are there but it is the people who make the city, and the stories, work. Irreverent, dark, laugh out loud, London Lies is a roller coaster of a book with as many faces as the City it describes. But when all is said and done, every one of the authors is a liar... From the mean streets of Hackney to sleepy South London suburbs, from boho Bloomsbury to City wine bars, London Lies is a tour of the capital as you've never seen it before. What happens when a girl on her way to work is propositioned by a frog? When a man breaks into London Zoo to fight a hippo? When nuclear bombs fall on a future London, when the rats rise up to rule us or - most terrifying of all - when Scrabble goes bad? Moving from 1930s Camden to a Royal Wedding "riot", via football fights, office steeplechases and awkward dates in art galleries London Lies is a bizarre, funny, moving and sometimes unnerving glimpse into the secret life of the city we all love and know - or do we? Featuring nineteen writers who have been showcased at London's Liars' League, the live literary event.show more
by Cherry Potts
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