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  • Published: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784875527
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $22.99

Lies Of Silence

A gripping novel that mirrors the disintegration of our times - as the Mail on Sunday says 'An armchair time bomb'.

When Michael Dillon is ordered by the IRA to park his car in the carpark of a Belfast hotel, he is faced with a moral choice which leaves him absolutely nowhere to turn. He knows that he is planting a bomb that would kill and maim dozens of people. But he also knows that if he doesn't, his wife will be killed.

See also: Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane

  • Pub date: 7 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784875527
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Brian Moore

Brian Moore was born in Belfast. He emigrated to Canada in 1948 and then moved to California. He twice won the Canadian Governor General's Award for Fiction and has been given a special award from the United States Institute of Arts and Letters. He won the Author's Club First Novel Award for The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Great Victorian Collection. The Doctor's Wife, The Colour of Blood - winner of the Sunday Express 1988 Book of the Year - and Lies of Silence were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Five of his novels have been made into films - The Luck of Ginger Coffey, Catholics, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Cold Heaven and Black Robe. Brian Moore died in 1999.

Praise for Lies Of Silence

“An armchair time bomb”

Mail on Sunday

“This is a novel to mirror the disintegration of our times, the unstated irony of which is that a politics so provincial can breed a writer and an art so universal”


“A gripping read which you will find impossible to put down”

Literary Review

“Very much the thinking person's thriller - utterly tense and riveting, but also posing an acute moral dilemma for an ordinary person caught up in the troubled politics of Northern Ireland”

Daily Express

“It insists on being read at a sitting, for it is imperative to know what happens next”

Financial Times

“As good as one has come to expect from Brian Moore: the pace never flags; the writing is crisp and taut; the moral crises... are intensely complex and gripping”

Irish Independent

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