This is Not a Lie

This is Not a Lie

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In 1984, St Kilda is the heart and soul of Melbourne’s music scene. Joel Reed, a brilliant young guitarist, had followed his sister Karen to the bohemian beachside suburb to chase his dream of becoming a rock star. On the surface, it seems like Joel has got it all together. In reality, he’s a high-functioning heroin addict and closet homosexual.

Desperately lonely and dangerously self-destructive, he lives a carefully constructed lie lest he be discovered, outed, and shunned by the city’s legion of hard rock fans. When the band is forced to audition for a new frontman, Joel’s world is turned upside down. When Harry Engel auditions, Joel falls in love but there’s no way he can tell Harry how he feels. He can’t do anything to jeopardise the band’s success and so he continues living the lie—until tragedy strikes and he realises the lie was never going to save them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 25mm | 258g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1913680037
  • 9781913680039
  • 970,099

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You don't need to be a professional historian to know homophobia was normalized, pervasive, and at times internalized in the early 80's. The main characters in `This is not a lie` grapple with living their true selves amid fears of the very real consequences of being outed-for their person as well as for the band as a whole.; `This is not a lie` is at times heartbreaking, at times hopeful. Farrow has created an immersive and honest story with complicated and flawed characters.;Joy Norstrom, author of `Flying the Nest` and `Out of Play`.
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About S.C. Farrow

S. C. Farrow has been a writer and editor for over twenty years. She's worked on everything from educational texts to novels. She's also written and produced several films including a feature- length psychological drama. Based in Melbourne, Australia, she has a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing. She occasionally teaches creative writing at various Melbourne institutions.
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