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London Lies

Urban Tales from Liars' League

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arachne Press, London, United Kingdom
Published: 8th Sep 2012
Dimensions: w 132mm h 196mm d 19mm
Weight: 188g
ISBN-10: 1909208000
ISBN-13: 9781909208001
Barcode No: 9781909208001

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Dec 6th 2012, 10:26
Review for Londonist 16th November 2012 (with their permission)
Awesome - 10 out of 10
(Rating because the site insists. This is here for information only. As the Publisher I wouldn't want to rate - obviously I think its wonderful)
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On the second Tuesday of every month, if you head to the basement of the Phoenix pub on Cavendish Square, you can hear new short stories written to a specific theme. You will have stumbled upon Liars’ League, and it is good. Open submissions are whittled down by the LL team, who then select actors to perform them on the night. You can see the results for yourself on their website.

Of course, what this means is that over five years an awful lot of short stories have been generated. So Katy Darby and Cherry Potts have collated stories with a London link into this anthology. There’s the frustrations of dating at the Renoir, finding inspiration on the tube, getting drunk and rejected by the city and many other snippets of capital life. Some are tangentially related, some could only take place here. Some end on a punchline, some on a sucker punch, and the one about an elderly lady after the apocalypse nearly had us snivelling on a commuter train.

The short story is an overlooked form and it’s appropriate that we’re reviewing this collection in National Short Story Week. We’re not going to claim that every story in London Lies is a Dorothy Parker, but each has a distinctive voice and a point to make. Perfect for reading in bite-sized chunks on the way around town.