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  • Published: 13 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786090591
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

The Liar's Dictionary

A winner of the 2021 Betty Trask Awards




The eagerly anticipated, playful, and profound debut novel from an utterly original, award-winning writer.

BETTY TRASK AWARD WINNER 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2021
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'Joyous' SPECTATOR
'Remarkable' SUNDAY TIMES
'A playful delight... A glorious novel' OBSERVER

Swansby's New Encyclopaedic Dictionary is riddled with fictitious entries known as mountweazels penned by Peter Winceworth, a man wishing to make his lasting mark back in 1899. It's up to young intern Mallory to uncover these mountweazels before the dictionary can be digitised for modern readers.

Lost in Winceworth's imagination - a world full of meaningless words - will Mallory finally discover the secret to living a meaningful life?

  • Published: 13 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9781786090591
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Eley Williams

Eley Williams lectures at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her short story collection Attrib. and Other Stories won the James Tait Black Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Prize and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. The Liar’s Dictionary is her debut novel.

Praise for The Liar's Dictionary

I have just read Eley Williams’s forthcoming novel The Liar’s Dictionary, a singular, hilarious, word-drunk novel, which I suspect will be seen in the future as a classic comic novel.

David Hayden, Irish Times

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Read between the lies

In Eley Williams’ The Liar’s Dictionary, we’re forced to interrogate the very foundations of ‘truth’.

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