Love Songs and Lies

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Hodder & Stoughton, Jun 14, 2007 - Fiction - 300 pages
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A story about coming of age in 1970s Oxford. Politics and the Pill. Pot and poetry. Glamrock and groupies. The way we were. Love isn't always the answer.

Have you ever fallen for the wrong man?

Sally does. Handsome, clever Max Bellinger brings a whiff of sophistication into the shabby canalside house they share in that final year at Oxford. And Sally, so steeped in the Romantics that she confuses literature with real life, is content to be his adoring handmaiden.

That blind devotion shapes Sally's life for many years. She writes lyrics for Max's wayward rock star brother and stays involved with his family. But the relationship is based on secrets and lies, and when Sally finally wakes up to reality, those deceptions come home to roost . . .

Libby Purves perfectly capture what it means to be a woman in the last third of the twentieth century.

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

Well-written; a novel covering 30 years from young student foolishness to more mature adults... hard to put down once started, but not as moving or hard-hitting as some of this author's books. Read full review

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User Review  - earthsinger - LibraryThing

Sally, in her last year at Oxford University, becomes besotted with housemate Max. Her life interweaves with his over the next twenty or so years, but the secrets and lies she has woven finally catch up with them both. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Libby Purves is a writer and also a broadcaster who has presented the talk programme Midweek on Radio 4 since 1984 and formerly presented Today. She is a main columnist on the Times and in 1999 was named the Granada "What the Papers Say" Columnist of the Year, and awarded a O.B.E for services to journalism. She lives in Suffolk with her husband the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney.

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