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March 2021

The Liar’s Dictionary

narrated by Jon Glover & Kristen Atherton
Eley Williams’ debut novel, The Liar’s Dictionary (8 hours), is a word lover’s dream.
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Eley Williams’ debut novel, The Liar’s Dictionary (8 hours), is a word lover’s dream. The story jumps between two British lexicographers’ storylines. Over a century ago, Peter Winceworth (narrated by Jon Glover) fakes a lisp, bemoans his employment at dictionary publisher Swansby’s and falls in love with a co-worker’s fiancée. In modern-day London, Mallory (portrayed by Kristin Atherton) is an intern who’s updating Swansby’s dictionary entries for digitization. She’s also been tasked with routing out the dictionary’s false entries, known as mountweazels. Both narrators have theatrical backgrounds and give lively performances. Glover turns Peter’s false lisp on and off as required, and his proper British narration feels both timeless and appropriate to the period. Neither Glover nor Atherton is weighed down by the prose’s unusual, rare and sometimes made-up words; rather, their delight in the wordplay is infectious.

 

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Eley Williams shares how her relationship to language has changed, plus a deeper look at her charming debut novel.

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The Liar’s Dictionary

The Liar’s Dictionary

narrated by Jon Glover & Kristen Atherton
Random House Audio
ISBN 9780593348864

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