A unique friendship, built on a lie
Freya, Paul and Hamad. Three friends from two different worlds; a seemingly unshakeable bond, suddenly under threat.
A move that would change all their lives.
The trio have stayed close since university despite Freya and Paul's marriage and Hamad's wealthy lifestyle - so different from their own. Then an incredible job offer from Hamad sees Paul and Freya move to Morocco.
A city where nothing is as it seems
Marrakech soon proves a perplexing place to live. Instead of reinvigorating their marriage, Freya finds the move is driving them apart. Revelations about their shared past force her to acknowledge that neither Paul nor Hamad is quite the man she thought. When a shocking crime is committed, Freya finds herself cast adrift in the dark corners of a bewildering city, unsure who to trust or to believe.
Yugoslavia, summer 1979. A new village. A new life. But eight-year-old Miro knows the real reason why his family moved from the inland city of Knin to the sunkissed village of Ljeta on the Dalmatian Coast, a tragedy he tries desperately to forget.
The Ljeta years are happy ones, though, and when he marries his childhood sweetheart, and they have a baby daughter, it seems as though life is perfect. However, storm clouds are gathering above Yugoslavia.
War breaks out, and one split-second decision destroys the life Miro has managed to build. Driven by anger and grief, he flees to Dubrovnik, plunging himself into the hard-bitten world of international war reporters.
There begins a journey that will take him ever deeper into danger: from Dubrovnik, to Sarajevo, to the worst atrocities of war-torn Bosnia, Miro realises that even if he survives, there can be no way back to his earlier life. The war will change him, and everyone he loves, forever.
“They tie our lives together. The only way to learn them is by getting them wrong. But just because they’re not written down doesn’t mean you won’t be judged by them.
Welcome to the anthology of stories where hidden forces are at play.
Welcome to The Book of Unwritten Rules… would you have known them?”
The authors of The Book of Unwritten Rules met in the autumn of 2011 on the three-month Curtis Brown Creative novel writing course.
Four of the group have now had their novels published. Barbarians by Tim Glencross (John Murray) The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer (Faber and Faber), The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah (Doubleday) and The People We Were Before by Annabelle Thorpe (Quercus).
Looking forward to chatting to Amanda Craig about her new novel, The Lie of the Land at the Steyning Festival on Friday June 1. Tickets still available.
And very excited about the biannual Ditchling Fair, on June 17th, when I'll be in the Spoken Word Tent, talking about the transition from travel writing to novels, in 'A Mongoose in my Bedroom.'
What Lies Within is currently available in TPB and E-book, and will be published in paperback on July 12.