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A powerful, richly layered investigative story for our times, drawing on the personal stories of the author and other women who have been drawn into relationships based on duplicity and false hope.

Women the world over are brought up to hope, even expect, to find the man of their dreams and live happily ever after. When Stephanie Wood meets a former architect turned farmer she embarks on an exhilarating romance with him. He seems compassionate, loving, truthful. They talk about the future. She falls in love. She also becomes increasingly beset by anxiety at his frequent cancellations, no-shows and bizarre excuses. She starts to wonder, who is this man?
When she ends the relationship Stephanie reboots her journalism skills and embarks on a romantic investigation. She discovers a story of mind-boggling duplicity and manipulation. She learns that the man she thought she was in love with doesn’t exist. She also finds she is not alone; that the world is full of smart people who have suffered at the hands of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies, people enormously skilled in the art of deception.
In this brilliantly acute and broad-ranging book, Wood, an award-winning writer and journalist, has written a riveting, important account of contemporary love, and the resilience of those who have witnessed its darkest sides.

Reviews

Fake is a breathtakingly honest and beautifully written account of the emotional wreckage caused by fraudsters of the heart. I found myself cheering for Stephanie as she majestically wields her literary scalpel to dissect and expose a manipulative, narcissistic conman. This is an exquisitely written piece of work in which the author bravely bares her soul.

Kate McClymont

This book absolutely deserves a place along side Johan Hari's Chasing the Scream, Chloe Hooper's Arsonist, Jon Ronson's Psychopath Test and Sarah Krasnostien's Trauma Cleaner. It's one of THOSE books and I'll be pushing into every hot little hand I can when it arrives in my shop.

Neal Drinnan, Cow Lick Bookshop, Colac

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143792208

    July 2, 2019

    Vintage Australia

    352 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9780143792215

    July 2, 2019

    Random House Australia

    352 pages

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  • Audio Download

    9781760891343

    July 2, 2019

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $27.99

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