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Published on August 15th, 2014


Their Lips Talk of Mischief by Alan Warner

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Blurb: Alan Warner’s first novel with Faber is a darkly comic tale of hope and humanity against the grim urban and political landscape of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain (Faber & Faber)

Robert McCrum, The Observer

“The best parts of Their Lips Talk of Mischief, especially Lou’s midwinter wedding to Aoife in Ealing town hall, a brilliant set-piece, have the intensity of a fine short story. It’s a shame that these elements, exceptional on their own terms, don’t quite cohere into a novel.”

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Justin Cartwright, The Financial Times

“We are aware right from the off that Warner is determined to write something original. The result is a slight tendency to over-reach, but he soon settles down to deploy his many talents. We also realise quite quickly that the book can be read as metafiction: it is largely about writing and literary references are scattered throughout … Their Lips Talk of Mischief is moving, funny, richly peopled and written with great gusto.”

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Stephen Poole, The Guardian

“For all the boisterous comedy of chemical and other adventures in Thatcherite slumland (there is a particularly excellent scene where Douglas guides Lou and Aoife through their first acid trip), this craftily engineered and winningly nostalgic novel is at last a story of lost illusions.”

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