Bernhard Schlink - Summer Lies - Orion Publishing Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9780297867012
    • Publication date:13 Sep 2012

Summer Lies

By Bernhard Schlink

  • Paperback
  • £7.99

From the bestselling author of THE READER, a mesmerising book about love in all its guises.

From the author of the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novel, THE READER, a mesmerising collection of stories about about love in all its guises.

A conversation between strangers on a long-haul flight will change lives for ever; one night in Baden-Baden will threaten to tear a couple apart; a meeting with an ex-lover will give a divorcee a second chance; holiday lovers will struggle in the harsh reality of daily routine...

As Schlink's characters navigate their lives, we discover the many faces of love: the small betrayals, hidden truths and abiding affections. In Schlink's trademark spare prose, we come face to face with the desires and jealousies that define our daily lives, with the fragility of happiness and with the abiding possibility of hope.

Tender yet unsentimental, achingly personal yet utterly universal, SUMMER LIES asks what it means to love, to deceive and, ultimately, to be human.

Biographical Notes

Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany is 1944. A professor of law at Humboldt University, Berlin and Cardozo Law School, New York, he is the author of the major international bestselling novel and movie The Reader, short story collection Flights of Love and several prize-winning crime novels. He lives in Berlin and New York.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781780220918
  • Publication date: 02 May 2013
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: W&N
Summer Lies is pleasingly dark in its reflections on disappointment and sorrow in adult life ... Admirers of The Reader will not be dissappointed — Financial Times
Unlike many novelists who use short fiction as a rest stop on the highway to longer works, Schlink seems to have lingered with these stories. Each story in Summer Lies has heft, solidty — Scotsman
With his mournful, meditative new collection of stories, translated, like The Reader, by Carol Brown Janeway, Mr Schlink comes closer than ever to putting the war behind him — International Herald Tribune
The Reader is a fine novel ... A sensitive, daring, deeply moving book about the tragic results of fear and the redemptive power of understanding — Ruth Rendall on The Reader
Crammed with incident and analysis, and yet Schlink finds room for virtuoso passages of evocation ... compelling — London Review of Books on The Reader
Extraordinary depth and worldwide critical acclaim — Guardian on The Weekend
A succinct fascinating insight into Germany's ongoing examination of its troubled past — Daily Express on The Reader
Told with an elegant realism. — SUNDAY HERALD
As in his previous books - most notably, The Reader (1995) - Schlink meditates on guilt and conscience. But the focus of his reflections has shifted from Germany's Nazi past to his characters' private lives. Love and family are the things at stake here, and each story turns on the pursuit and unmasking of a deception... This is the book's notion of summer: a season as precarious and fleeting as the moments of love around which Bernhard Schlink's characters build edifices of deceit — Jane Yager, TLS
Orion

The Night Market

Jonathan Moore
Authors:
Jonathan Moore
Orion

An Unremarkable Body

Elisa Lodato
Authors:
Elisa Lodato
Orion

Coming Home to Island House

Erica James
Authors:
Erica James
Trapeze

The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club: Part Two: Undertow

Katie May
Authors:
Katie May

THE WHITSTABLE HIGH TIDE SWIMMING CLUB is a serialized novel told in three parts - taking you through a year in the life of Deb (ageing bikini, sunglasses) and Maisie (black wetsuit, swimming shoes, goggles) and the other high tide swimmers. This is Part Two.Deb has finally cut her feckless husband loose, but in many other ways her life is spiralling out of control. With no home, no money, and a chaotic love life, she finds an unusual way keep body and soul together. She's not even sure of her friendship with Maisie anymore. But there's still something that bonds the two women together: their determination to stop anyone building on their beloved West Beach. And yet, as they begin to mount their protest, they find themselves threatened and ridiculed, and must fall back on every ounce of their resourcefulness to keep going. What would they do without the High Tide Swimming Club, whose intrigues, dramas and escapades keep them afloat in troubled waters?A heart-warming, funny and poignant story of romance, friendship and second chances. Each part of THE WHITSTABLE HIGH TIDE SWIMMING CLUB is approx. 10 chapters.

Orion

The Last Namsara

Kristen Ciccarelli
Authors:
Kristen Ciccarelli

A gripping YA crossover series from a spectacular new voice in the genre Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked thingsAsha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she's sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child - one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar. But protecting her father's kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she's wicked. Even worse, to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, the cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom. Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard. And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy . . . THE LAST NAMSARA is an extraordinary story about courage, loyalty and star-crossed love, set in a kingdom that trembles on the edge of war.Read by Pearl Mackie(p) Orion Publishing Group 2017

Trapeze

Mirror, Mirror

Cara Delevingne
Authors:
Cara Delevingne
Orion

Dinner at the Centre of the Earth

Nathan Englander
Authors:
Nathan Englander

From the best-selling author of Pulitzer finalist What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Dinner at the Centre of the Earth is a spellbinding thriller, a spy novel and a love story, showcasing Englander's gifts as never before.Prisoner Z, held at a black site in the Negev desert for a dozen years has only his guard for company. How does a nice American Jewish boy from Long Island wind up an Israeli spy working for Mossad, and later, a traitor to his adopted country? What does it mean to be loyal, what does it mean to be a traitor, when the ideals you cherish are betrayed by the country you love?From Israel and Gaza to Paris, Italy, and America, the story shifts back in time, providing a kaleidoscopic glimpse of Prisoner Z's improbable journey to his desert cell.Englander's irresistible hero brings wit and heartbreak to his predicament and the plight of a damaged and riven nation.Taut, provocative, and impossible to put down, a novel of full of shifting surfaces, where nothing and no one is what it seems, Dinner at the Centre of the Earth is the most electrifying work of Nathan Englander's extraordinary career.Read by Mark Bramhall(p) 2017 Penguin Random House

Trapeze

The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club: Part One: Diving In

Katie May
Authors:
Katie May

This is Part One is a brand new serial from Katie May.In the gorgeous seaside town of Whitstable, brokenhearted Deb begins to swim each day and gathers a new group of friends around her. But can the magic of sea heal the hurt of the past? Or will family ties drag her underwater again?A heart-warming, funny and poignant story of romance, friendship and second chances. It's also a song to the author's home town of Whitstable, where the sea is smooth, the shingle is painful on bare feet, and the air is full of possibilities.

Orion

The Arrangement

Sonya Lalli
Authors:
Sonya Lalli
Orion

Hot Mess

Lucy Vine
Authors:
Lucy Vine
W&N

The Lightkeeper's Daughters

Jean E. Pendziwol
Authors:
Jean E. Pendziwol
Orion

Our Summer Together

Fanny Blake
Authors:
Fanny Blake

OUR SUMMER TOGETHER is an uplifting story about family, friendship and the happy surprise of finding love later in life. Caro knows how to be a mother - advising her grown-up daughters on career and relationship worries. She knows how to be a grandmother - enjoying the hectic energy of her three-year-old grandson. She knows how to be a daughter - helping her aging mother retain her independence. She thought she knew everything about being a wife, but when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman, everything is thrown in the air. So, when a chance meeting introduces her to Damir - younger, intriguing and attentive - she realises that opening up to a man so different from everyone else in her life, might also mean getting to know who she really is...Your favourite authors love Fanny Blake:'Fanny Blake has the gift of creating wonderful page turners from very domestic situations; and then making them warm and funny as well' Penny Vincenzi'I love the way Fanny Blake proves that women just become more and more fascinating' Adele Parks'I love that she writes about women our age, and the painful and wise truths we know' Marian Keyes'Warm, funny, wise and relatable. A perfect summer read' Veronica Henry

Trapeze

Calling Major Tom

David M. Barnett
Authors:
David M. Barnett
Orion

Kings of America

R.J. Ellory
Authors:
R.J. Ellory

Danny McCabe is on the run. He committed a terrible crime. And he'd do it again.A promising boxer back in his native Ireland, he had to start over with a new life and a new home, halfway across the world in up-and-coming New York City.A chance encounter tangles his life up with fellow immigrants Nicky and Lucia Mariani. The siblings came to the land of opportunity with high hopes and little else. As Danny scrapes by, Lucia dreams of Hollywood stardom, while Nicky's reckless ambition measures success only in money and power.They are the only family Danny has. He would do anything for them. But every family has its secrets -- even from each other . . .This is a sweeping story set over three decades, from Europe to America, from the slums and tenements of New York to the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood Hills, from the dark heart of the American Dream to an impossible choice . . .

Orion

We All Begin As Strangers

Harriet Cummings
Authors:
Harriet Cummings

If you loved THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP by Joanna Cannon, ELIZABETH IS MISSING by Emma Healey and THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce, you'll adore this wonderful British debut novel.1984, EnglandSomeone is slipping into homes through back doors and open windows in the village of Heathcote. What's more, the perpetrator knows everything about everyone - leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them.When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community fears she's been kidnapped.But as the villagers search for Anna, it's their own darkest secrets they're desperate to keep hidden...Inspired by real events, and with a brilliant cast of characters, WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS is a beautiful debut novel you'll want to recommend to everyone.*******Praise for WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS:'A dazzling debut... Beautifully plotted, fantastically written and compellingly strange' - DAILY MAIL'I can see why it has been compared to THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP as it has such a warm but heartbreaking feel to it' - Kate, Amazon reviewer'A book about community and how trusts can be so easily broken' - WRITING.IE'Explores ideas of loneliness and longing' - THE i NEWSPAPER

Orion

The Last Debutante

Lesley Lokko
Authors:
Lesley Lokko
W&N

The Woman on the Stairs

Bernhard Schlink
Authors:
Bernhard Schlink
Gollancz

Obelisk

Stephen Baxter
Authors:
Stephen Baxter
Orion

One Summer in Venice

Nicky Pellegrino
Authors:
Nicky Pellegrino
W&N

The Reader

Bernhard Schlink
Authors:
Bernhard Schlink

An exceptionally powerful novel exploring the themes of betrayal, guilt and memory against the background of the Holocaust. An international bestseller.For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined. The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. For Hanna is not all she seems. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense. But then suddenly, and terribly, it does - Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret.'A tender, horrifying novel that shows blazingly well how the Holocaust should be dealt with in fiction. A thriller, a love story and a deeply moving examination of a German conscience' INDEPENDENT