The Liar

Overview

An irresistible novel by multi-talented Stephen Fry, author, film and television star, playwright and newspaper columnist. The Liar is his first novel; he has no plans for a second or third, but hopes to write a fourth as soon as possible.
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Overview

An irresistible novel by multi-talented Stephen Fry, author, film and television star, playwright and newspaper columnist. The Liar is his first novel; he has no plans for a second or third, but hopes to write a fourth as soon as possible.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Liar

“Smutty, naughty and outrageously hilarious . . . Brace yourselves for a dickens of a wicked good time.”
Boston Globe

“The spirits of Oscar Wilde and Evelyn Waugh glower benignly over this very funny first novel . . . An ingenious plot filled with surprises and glittering with hilarious, often indecent inventions.”
The New York Times Book Review 

“A quite brilliant first novel.”
Sunday Times
 
“Brilliantly entertaining and consistently outrageous.”
Daily Mail
 
“Sublime.”
Cosmopolitan
 
“Wicked.”
Elle
 
“Transforms the sophomoric into the sophisticated.”
Los Angeles Times

“Fry’s jokes have a ring of seriousness . . . A witty and entertaining send-up.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Mr. Fry’s book is wonderfully funny and (as funny weren’t enough) absorbingly plotted. His characters are witty and endearing and his dialogue will leave you grinning with delight even as you wonder a shade wistfully why none of your friends can talk this way.”
Joe Keenan, Executive Producer of Frasier and Desperate Housewives
 
“Hilariously erudite.”
Out
 
“Will have you howling.”
In
 
“Wicked, galloping entertainment.”
Boston Phoenix
 
“Very funny, full of intelligence and ideas, Post-Punk E.F. Benson.”
Spectator

“Hilarious—page after page of the most outrageous and often filthy jokes, delicious conceits, instant, brilliant ripostes that would only occur to ordinary mortals after days of teeth-grinding lunacy.”
Literary Review

“A book that is not only funny, clever and touching, but is the perfect size.”
Rita Rudner
 
“A huge critical and popular success in Britain . . . it is coruscatingly funny, often quite shocking and profoundly irreverent. Its hero is Adrian Healey, who assumes a wildly gay persona (and is one of the few Wilde imitators who can verbally live up to the original) but whose besetting problem is a lack of contact with reality . . . Many will find themselves helpless with laughter.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Dizzyingly, peerlessly sophomoric.”
Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The British actor's very funny first novel traces the antics of a reckless, irreverent ex-Cambridge student involved in a bizarre espionage caper. June
Library Journal
British comedian and actor Fry currently appearing in Kenneth Branagh's Peter's Friends has written a witty first novel about the adventures of Adrian Healey, a British schoolboy and ``the liar'' of the title. Adrian is an amusing, if appalling, character, and readers will enjoy following him as he develops from a lovesick teenager wih a ``pash'' on fellow student Hugo Cartwright to a Cambridge undergraduate involved in international espionage. There are interludes along the way involving, among other things, sex, suicide, Piccadilly rent-boys, and a ``lost'' pornographic novel by Charles Dickens. This is a clever and entertaining novel that will appeal to Anglophiles with a twisted sense of humor. Recommended for public libraries.-- Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616954666
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/11/2014

Meet the Author

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry has written three novels—The Liar, The Hippopotamus and Making History—and played Peter in the film Peter's Friends, Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde, Jeeves in the TV series Jeeves & Wooster, and teamed up with Hugh Laurie in the TV series A Bit of Fry and Laurie.
        
He currently divides his time between New York and his English homes in London and Norfolk.

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