The Liar

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Soho, 1993 - Fiction - 277 pages
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Adrian Healey loves to lie. He lies all the time. Every minute, every moment. Worse, he does it wonderfully, imaginatively, brilliantly. He lies to buck the System, to express his contempt for convention, but mostly because he just plain likes to. It's fun, and so much more challenging. It is high camp. One creates when one prevaricates. "Doesn't everyone think the way I think?" says Adrian of his various inventions. Like the pornographic novel by Charles Dickens, his career as a Piccadilly "rent-boy" hireable by the hour, his stressful work as a drug "mule" smuggling illegal substances.
He has (as his Cambridge tutor observed) "a fine brain, but a dreadful mind." Already in his public school career, marked by privilege and pederasty, he had lost the ability to differentiate between simple truth and his elaborate fictions.
The Liar is as wicked and witty, as unspeakably (and unquotably) funny as its protagonist narrator - and as irresistible as its multi-talented author, Stephen Fry. Mr. Fry's credits grow daily. He is the star of a film entitled Peter's Friends, and of Masterpiece Theater's television series Jeeves and Wooster. He is half of the Fry and Laurie comedy team, he has written a play called Latin and the book for the musical Me and My Girl, and he is a weekly columnist for the London Daily Telgraph. He is also now the author of the #1 English bestseller, The Liar, which spent several months at the very top position on the British charts. In the literary firmament it has been identified as somewhere between Oscar Wilde and Saki.

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User Review  - Callum - Goodreads

Hilarious and rude; bristling with wit and style. Drawing inspiration from his own wild youth, Stephen Fry's The Liar tells the adolescent odyssey of posh, prodigious perjurer, Adrian Healey. Its damn ... Read full review

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The Liar is Stephen Fry's first novel, and while it's not as good as some of his later work, it is a good start and it shows some of his later promise. In many ways, it's autobiographical too it ... Read full review


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Stephen Fry is the author of four novels and has written the first volume of his autobiography, Moab is My Washpot. As an actor he has been in the films "Peter's Friends," and "Wilde" and played Jeeves in the TV show "Jeeves & Wooster,

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