A dazzling challenge that clashes words and colours together, that segues 60s PopArt into the 2016 referendum and that snatches love and not-quite explainable relationships out of five decades’ of meetings and conversations, then yes, choose this! I love its free-wheeling, paint-peeling panache. And – hooray – this is one of a seasonal quartet, so winter (I hope) will soon be upon us!
Distinguished by the sensual, compact intensity of Dunmore’s prose, The Lie lays bare on its local canvas the invisible wounds of a global catastrophe. “They say the war’s over,” Daniel reflects, “but they’re wrong. It went too deep for that. It opened up a crack in time, a crater maybe.” We still inhabit that abyss.
Natalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, reviewer and classicist. She was once a stand-up comic, but retired when she realised she preferred tragedy to comedy. Always keen to be paid for what she would be reading anyway, she judged the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2010, The Women's Prize for Fiction in 2012, and the Man Booker Prize in 2013. The Amber Fury is her first novel.