Lies and Loyalties

Lies and Loyalties

Orion (2008)

‘Rachel Billington has created an utterly gripping page-turner, rich in sub plots.’ Spectator

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It is well known that in England today the division between the rich and successful and the poor and failing is getting wider and wider. Lies and Loyalties is my attempt to reflect the society I see around me in contemporary London. The novel is cast in the form of a thriller with murder at the beginning and end of the book. Throughout it, I’m trying to paint a picture of the different worlds that exist side by side in the city. The main characters are all from one family: Roland, Leo, Bill and Charlie are four brothers; Portia is their sister and there are two very different wives, Lizzie, an ex-prostitute, and Maggie. They led me to Parliament, the Law Courts, a mental hospital, a prison and Westminster Cathedral. The stresses and strains as well as the affection within families has always been one of my themes. Here I use it to explore the lies and loyalties of the title which spread out from the family into society. It’s a fast moving story and I hope that readers will be entertained as well as being shocked and moved.

‘[A] challenging and exciting novel … a grown-up story seasoned with politics, religion and the terrors of breakdown.’Sunday Times

‘This brilliantly murky novel describes a nightmarish ten days in the life of a famous, highly successful but deeply dysfunctional family.’ Spectator

‘This novel crackles with energy… The quick-paced, unadorned writing almost makes it possible to miss the sharp connections being drawn between the strait-laced and the strait-jacketed in contemporary Britain.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Heartache, soul searching and finger pointing swirl around this complex tale of a dysfunctional, yet powerful family’ Daily Mirror

‘Billington’s persuasive and intriguing portrait of a family….a complex human drama that also embraces questions not only of how we treat the mentally ill, but crime and punishment, the place of religion, and the purpose of parliamentary democracy.’ The Independent

‘Rachel Billington has created an utterly gripping page-turner.’ Spectator

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