Separate Lies

Separate Lies

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James Manning is perfectly content. He has a busy and successful life as a magistrate in the city, a bright young thing of a wife, Jill, and an idyllic home in the countryside. The only fly in the ointment as far as he can see is the 'HonBule' - the Honourable William Stephen Fitzharding Bule, very much the country gentleman with too much time on his hands. When a young man is knocked off his bicycle and subsequently dies, James is sure that the culprit is Bule - after all, he saw a scratch on the car the day of the accident AND the car matches the description to a T. But events take an unexpected turn when he discovers that the person driving the car that night was his own wife, Jill. It takes only a short leap of imagination to realise that Jill's friendship with the HonBule is not just platonic. This puts James in a quandary - should he lie to protect his wife, and what about his marriage? Like GOSFORD PARK and SNOBS, one of the main themes of this book is the mores and ethics of the upper classes. James's feelings about his wife are complicated by 'what is expected', and in the cover-up of the young man's death there is a clash between class loyalty and justice.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 381.02g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Media tie-in
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  • 0753819155
  • 9780753819159
  • 1,718,722

Review quote

'Balchin's psychological drama now reads as a searing indictment of middle-class hypocrisy... To reveal more would be to do a disservice to this inexplicably neglected author, whose skilful way with plot is only one of the delights of this flawlessly written work.' -- Christina Koning THE TIMESshow more

About Nigel Balchin

Nigel Balchin was born in 1908 and graduated in Natural Science from Cambridge University. During the Second World War he worked as a psychologist in the personnel section of the British War Office, before becoming Deputy Scientific Advisor to the Army Council. He wrote numerous books, including How to Run a Bassoon Factory (under the pseudonym Mark Spade), and Darkness Falls from the Air. He died in 1970.show more

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