It is 1887, and an unsettled London is preparing for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful, bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year she plans to make her own mark on the world.
But her husband's outspoken views inspire enmity as well as admiration - and the wife of a member of parliament should not be hiding the kind of secrets Maribel has buried in her past. When a notorious newspaper editor begins to take an uncommon interest in her, Maribel fears he will destroy not only her husband's career but both of their reputations.
Beautiful Lies is set in a Jubilee year that, fraught with economic uncertainty, riots and tabloid scandal-mongering, uncannily presages our own.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
‘A shining example of historical literary fiction … Nothing less than literary pyrotechnics … Beautiful Lies is a dazzlingly elegant novel steeped in the rich detail of the period.’
‘Sentences that are so lush, so beautifully finished, that one almost wants to stroke her prose.’
‘A wonderfully observed novel which explores both the role of women and the tabloid press in Victoria's jubilee year. Completely gripping.’
‘A beautifully crafted piece of Victoriana.’
‘The charm of Beautiful Lies is that Ms Clark breaks the usual Victorian moral code, exploring both the colourful world outside the drawing room and the depths of her characters' minds. A stirring and seductive novel.’
‘A hugely entertaining and generous piece of story-telling.’