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Beautiful Lies

By Clare Clark

Beautiful Lies

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London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel’s choices are not so simple. As her husband’s career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both. When the notorious newspaper editor Alfred Webster begins to take an uncommon interest in Maribel, she fears he will not only destroy Edward’s career but both of their reputations.

Inspired by the true story of a politician's wife who lived a double life for decades, Beautiful Lies is set in a time that, fraught with economic uncertainty and tabloid scandal-mongering, uncannily presages our own.

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"[An] an informative if disjointed portrait of the Victorian era." - Publishers Weekly

"[An] engaging, compulsively readable window into Victorian society." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. An enthralling novel about an elaborate fiction, Beautiful Lies dazzles with its presentations of late Victorian London's political and social occupations and a remarkable woman with something to hide... An unpredictable, historically authentic take on how we all carry secrets." - Booklist

"A stirring and seductive novel." - The Economist (UK)

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Clare Clark was born in London in 1967. A senior scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, she graduated with a double first in history. She is married with two children and lives in London.

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