The Lie Tree

There are some among my friends who curled their lips when I said I was reading ‘The Lie Tree’ because it is a YA book. They were wrong. This is a great story, original and exciting with a plot that twists and turns whilst questioning the place of women in science and in society in a way which is relevant in the contemporary world as well as the late Victorian setting.
The basic plot is a prestigious palentologist Vicar moves his family to a new dig where he has been invited as he is simultaneously fleeing bad press, exposing his fossil discovery as a fraud. The story centres around his brilliant daughter, invisible because of her sex, who works out what her father has really been hiding all along. The characterisation is excellent as is the evocation of the historical setting. The story slowly comes into focus around the female characters as they grasp for survival in the lower middle class man’s world of the small island community. As well as being a great story the book asks questions about how we believe things, through evidence and enquiry. It explores the very nature of truth and how we are capable of believing lies more than truth when it suits our purposes and it is belief that brings a lie to life.
I want to keep the plot under wraps because this is a story really worth reading, spend a lazy Sunday afternoon curled up reading this book. Then wonder how much I’m telling you the truth…

  

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