Lie of the Land

By Michael F. Russell

Format: Multiple Formats

Set in a post-apocalyptic Scotland, Lie of the Land is an engrossing thriller and a brilliant dissection of the psyche of the outsider.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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For investigative journalist Carl Shewan, the Scottish coastal village of Inverlair is a picturesque cage. Imprisoned in this remote refuge by a technological catastrophe for which he feels partly responsible, Carl struggles to adapt to impending fatherhood and to a harsh new existence in an ancient landscape, until a childless gamekeeper offers him an alternative to guilt and alienation. Set in the near future, Lie of the Land examines the claustrophobia of small-town life and questions how far the state will go to preserve an orderly society, one in which ubiquitous surveillance has reduced human life to a virtual experience.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 6 Jun 2016
SKU 9781846973604-grouped
Number of Pages 304

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'a gripping story . . . all the more terrifying for how plausible each speculation is'


'Despite the horrors that slowly, slyly emerge, there are also passages of genuine beauty . . . announces a talent to be followed closely'



'Lie of the Land is greater than the sum of its possible parts, and those parts might be 1984Lord of the Flies, and Under the Dome'

'Michael F Russell has delivered an intriguing, thought-provoking and immensely readable book'

'This thrilling book will grab and hold onto you as it unfolds its story - a gripping tale that must be read'

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