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The liar's dictionary, Eley Williams

Label
The liar's dictionary
Title
The liar's dictionary
Statement of responsibility
Eley Williams
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the final year of the nineteenth century, Peter Winceworth has reached the letter 'S', toiling away for the much-anticipated and multi-volume Swansby's New Encyclopaedic Dictionary. Overwhelmed at his desk and increasingly uneasy that his colleagues are attempting to corral language and regiment facts, Winceworth feels compelled to assert some sense of individual purpose and exercise artistic freedom, and begins inserting unauthorised, fictitious entries into the dictionary. In the present day, young intern Mallory is tasked with uncovering these mountweazels as the text of the dictionary is digitised for modern readers. Through the words and their definitions she finds she has access to their creator's motivations, hopes and desires. More pressingly, she must also field daily threatening anonymous phone calls. Is a suggested change to the dictionary's definition of marriage (n.) really that controversial? What power does Mallory have when it comes to words and knowing how to tell the truth? And does the caller really intend for the Swansby's staff to 'burn in hell'? As their two narratives combine, Winceworth and Mallory must discover how to negotiate the complexities of an often nonsensical, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn and undefinable life. The Liar's Dictionary explores themes of trust and creativity, naming the unnameable, and celebrates the rigidity, fragility and absurdity of language
Cataloging source
CHRRO
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Williams, Eley
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lexicographers
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Truthfulness and falsehood
  • English language
  • Unrequited love
  • Coming out (Sexual orientation)
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Threats of violence
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
Label
The liar's dictionary, Eley Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000067734666
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
265 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781785152047
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1150807703
Label
The liar's dictionary, Eley Williams
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000067734666
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
265 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781785152047
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1150807703

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