I know a couple of years ago I talked about Helen Dunmore’s amazing book The Siege, the story of the St Petersburg siege by the Germans in WWII told from the Russian’s perspective. I still have some of those images in my head – that’s how good she is at painting pictures with words. Her new book, The Lie, has done exactly the same thing with Cornwall and WWI, but as well she has painted such grief and torment surrounding Dan. He’s very young, has just returned from WWI and the horror of the trenches. Everything at home has changed, and as a result of a small, inoffensive lie, told with good intentions, his entire life will change. Read it. It’s an amazing book.