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Beautiful Lies – Clare Clark

September 27, 2012


Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
500 pages
ISBN: 9780151014675,
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours

Political are politics are politics.

Likewise, power, beauty and scandal follow suit and have throughout the ages.

In a beautifully imaginative tale of emotion, greed and corruption, Beautiful Lies takes the observer on a whirlwind ride through Victorian England. The whole story is told through the eyes of Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful and rather mysterious Chilean wife of a rough and tumble MP rabble-rouser.

The rumor, spun by her own hand, is that Maribel is the well to do but now orphaned daughter of a half Chilean, half French roots. It is clear, almost from the very beginning, that this is only presentation and hardly truth. It becomes murky, though, as the story progresses, and begins to appear that the general public is not alone in their beliefs. Maribel, herself, seems to blur the lines of who she is and who she is not.

I haven’t read any of Clark’s other books, yet, but this has definitely inspired me to head out to do so. I absolutely adored her writing, especially her dialogue. It was smart and deep while moving relatively brusquely through the pages with the lightness of an incredibly readable novel. Do check this one out if you haven’t, yet.


This is a rich and complicated book that takes on character development, as well as character destruction, and the mirror of humanity today as put up against yesterday. Oddly, the American West makes a huge showing in the life and times of London during through the book in the form of “Cody” or Buffalo Bill. I found myself really intrigued by that piece. Strange that I had to travel across the pond to have my interest dipped in something from “back home”! Of course, this isn’t all we’re given as a back drop. It’s simply on of the many elements of the entire stinking city scene, along with some very, shall we say, modern elements such as the corruption of politics, tightrope art world and the seriously inappropriate conduct of bloodthirsty journalists. Because of this network of familiar pieces, it is almost allowable to imagine the entire entertainment could be happening, today. 

Clare Clark is the author of four novels, including The Great Stink, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her work has been translated into five languages. She lives in London.

Do check out Clare’s other

Tour Stops!

Thursday, September 20th: Unabridged Chick

Friday, September 21st: Savvy Verse & Wit

Tuesday, September 25th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Friday, September 28th: Seaside Book Corner

Saturday, September 29th: Doing Dewey

Monday, October 1st: The Written World

Tuesday, October 2nd: Oh! Paper Pages

Wednesday, October 3rd: nomadreader

Thursday, October 4th: Broken Teepee

Sunday, October 7th: What She Read …

Monday, October 8th: Gone Bookserk

Tuesday, October 9th: A Dream Within a Dream

Wednesday, October 10th: missris

Wednesday, October 10th: Luxury Reading

Thursday, October 11th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

TBD: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

TBD: Twisting the Lens

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. zibilee permalink
    October 1, 2012 12:46 pm

    I have not heard that much about this book, but it sounds like it has some very intriguing aspects to it. I will have to do a little more research on it. It sounds excellent!

  2. October 12, 2012 4:49 pm

    I’m glad to see you’ll be looking for more from this author – that’s a great sign!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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