Advertisement - Content continues below
Books

Top 5 books with life-changing lies

The Lies Lies Lies author explores the most powerful moments of deception and transformation

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Tom Ripley is chosen by the wealthy Herbert Greenleaf to retrieve Greenleaf’s son, Dickie, from his overlong sojourn in Italy. Tom insinuates himself into Dickie’s world and soon finds that his passion for a lifestyle of wealth and sophistication transcends all moral compunction.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Whatever the size of this lie, it is life changing. This is an exceptional novel about murder and domestic and sexual violence that somehow defies expectation and remains upbeat. Twisty and unexpected, it’s both comical and mysterious.

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Hardy’s novel is riddled with lies. Wives are sold, illegitimates are passed off as genuine offspring, love affairs are denied, debts hidden, long-lost fathers turned away from the truth. It’s a murky, hard-to-navigate place.

Advertisement - Content continues below
Advertisement - Content continues below

Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris

St Oswald’s, an old and long-established boys’ grammar school in the north of England, shudders as the wind of unwelcome change is sweeps through its corridors. A delicious black comedy, the plot is cleverly constructed, the tension unflagging. Trust no one.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The obvious liar in Pride and Prejudice is Wickham, but heroic Darcy isn’t entirely honest either. Darcy does something noble, which would make Elizabeth indebted to him, but doesn’t tell her. This leads to all sorts of confusion and heartache.

Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks is out on September 5 (HarperCollins, £7.99)

Advertisement - Content continues below

Support The Big Issue and our vendors this Christmas

Every time you buy a copy of The Big Issue, subscribe or donate, you are helping our vendors to work their way out of poverty by providing 'a hand up not a hand out.' You’re helping Big Issue vendors achieve their #BigWish

Recommended for you

Read All
Book reviews: The Killing Hills and The Shadows of Men
Book Review

Book reviews: The Killing Hills and The Shadows of Men

Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates
LGBTQI+

Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates

My one-man mission to build a school – and keep a promise
Jordan Wylie

My one-man mission to build a school – and keep a promise

Top 5 books for rebel girls, chosen by Vivian French
Top 5 Books

Top 5 books for rebel girls, chosen by Vivian French

Most Popular

Read All
Simon Le Bon: 'I’m very lucky. Solo artists have nobody to tell them they’re being an arsehole'
1.

Simon Le Bon: 'I’m very lucky. Solo artists have nobody to tell them they’re being an arsehole'

The six best things that happened at Stormzy’s Christmas party for the kids of Croydon
2.

The six best things that happened at Stormzy’s Christmas party for the kids of Croydon

The innovative 'nap pads' that could save the lives of homeless people
3.

The innovative 'nap pads' that could save the lives of homeless people

Michael Sheen: 'I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor'
4.

Michael Sheen: 'I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor'

With temperatures dropping and fewer shoppers on the high street, our vendors need you now more than ever. Buy, subscribe or donate.