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The Truth In The Lie

A sparkling collection of short stories that entrance us with telling glimpses and powerful insights into people’s lives. In so little precious time we feel we know these characters and what drives them – their secrets, their desires, their fears and their regrets: An art dealer tricked by opportunists during a buying trip to The Cameroon; The surreal life of an old woman who lives in a kitchen cupboard; A young man, camping by a river, drawn to follow a beautiful woman who swims past in the brightness of early morning, and a premiership footballer, reduced to a life of poverty and depression after a career-changing injury. Real people, caught in the author’s spotlight or under his probing microscope.

 

“Tales smouldering with intrigue, wit and cunning. We are drawn in by flashes of light, curious aromas, the tantalizing glow of embers, or the fizz and crackle of a roaring fire on a winter’s night”.
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AUTHOR

Mark Swain

 

PUBLISHED

08 March 2014

 

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Paperback & Digital

 

LANGUAGE

English

 

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Mark Swain was born in Singapore in 1958, where his father was stationed in the RAF. He has lived in many countries, and as a young man found it hard to break the habit of a nomadic life, spending a great deal of his youth hitchhiking around Europe.With a low boredom threshold, Mark has had dozens of jobs and quite a few careers, but only one wife. Studying Graphic Design at Hastings College of Art, he ran off and joined the Army in search of adventure. Later he found himself travelling the world on the QE2 as a silver-service waiter and caught up in a war. This life has given him plenty of source material and inspiration for writing.Mark particularly enjoys the Short Story form, admiring American short story writers such as Raymond Carver, Richard Brautigan and Richard Ford as well as classic short story writers Franz Kafka and Anton Chekov. He is also a great admirer of George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Norman Maclean, Albert Camus and Jonathan Raban. Two collections of Mark's own short stories - including the award winning story 'Special Treatment' - have been released by his UK publisher, Tinderbox Publishing Ltd along with the bestselling "Long Road, Hard Lessons" a non-fiction book with photographs and maps about a 10,000-mile life-changing cycle journey he made with his teenage son from Ireland to Japan.Shoehorned into his busy life, Mark enjoys film, motorcycling, long-board surfing, cycle touring, English micro-pubs, growing vegetables, travelling in his VW Camper-van, drawing, painting and sculpture. He is at home in England, but is constantly travels.



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