Spanning four decades and set in Liverpool during WWII and Nairobi in the 1950s, this is a novel of both epic proportion and intimate narration. At its heart is the poignant love affair between Mary, the young wife of an infantry soldier, and an intelligence officer who truly understands Africa.
Lynn Michell’s 15 books, children’s, fiction and non-fiction, have been published by mainstream and independent presses. Those closest to her heart are her three novels, The Red Beach Hut, Run, Alice, Run, and White Lies which was runner-up for the Robert Louis Stevenson award.
A debut novel which possesses and is possessed by a rare authority of voice. It is the mother’s voice that sings White Lies into unforgettability.
— Tom Adair, The Scotsman
An anatomist of the human heart.
— Wanda Whitely, HarperCollins
Gripping… with a bombshell of an ending.
— Michele Hanson, The Guardian
Moving, memorable and totally absorbing.
— Sophie Radice, Guardian & Observer columnist
A naturally gifted writer and not afraid
of ambitious projects as this one is.
It has great filmic potential.
— Christopher Rush, author of Will
A first class read.
— Martyn Day, Lawyer for former Mau Mau insurgents against the British Government
Credible and touching. Dramatic and tragic.
— The Torch
A wonderful evocation of Africa…Lynn Michell is an extremely accomplished writer. There are passages of extraordinary vividness and beauty.
— Edwin Hawkes, Makepeace Towle