The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams audiobook

The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel

By Eley Williams
Read by Kristen Atherton  and Jon Glover

Random House Audio
7.93 Hours 1
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An exhilarating and laugh-out-loud debut novel from a prize-winning new talent that chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world.   “An audacious, idiosyncratic dual love story about how language and people intersect and connect, and about how far we'll go to save what we're passionate about.”—NPR  Mountweazel n. the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a safeguard against copyright infringement. Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away at the letter S for Swansby's multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. His disaffection compels him to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these mountweazels before the work is digitized. She also has to contend with threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. Is the change in the definition of marriage really that upsetting? And does the caller really intend for the Swansby's staff to 'burn in hell'? As these two narratives combine, both Winceworth and Mallory discover how they might negotiate the complexities of the often nonsensical, relentless, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn, and undefinable path we call life. An exhilarating debut novel from a formidably brilliant young writer, The Liar's Dictionary celebrates the rigidity, fragility, absurdity, and joy of language.

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Summary

Summary

#1 Amazon bestseller

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

An Indie Next Recommendation

An exhilarating and laugh-out-loud debut novel from a prize-winning new talent that chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world.   “An audacious, idiosyncratic dual love story about how language and people intersect and connect, and about how far we'll go to save what we're passionate about.”—NPR  Mountweazel n. the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a safeguard against copyright infringement. Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away at the letter S for Swansby's multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. His disaffection compels him to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these mountweazels before the work is digitized. She also has to contend with threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. Is the change in the definition of marriage really that upsetting? And does the caller really intend for the Swansby's staff to 'burn in hell'? As these two narratives combine, both Winceworth and Mallory discover how they might negotiate the complexities of the often nonsensical, relentless, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn, and undefinable path we call life. An exhilarating debut novel from a formidably brilliant young writer, The Liar's Dictionary celebrates the rigidity, fragility, absurdity, and joy of language.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] love story about how language and people intersect and connection.” NPR
“An imaginative, funny, intriguing novel.” BookPage
“Dazzling…As [Kristen Atherton] the young, female, present-time narrator alternates with a mature, Victorian male [Jon Glover], their rich counterpoint and interplay are brought to life in ways only suggested on the page. Fans of literary comedies will revel in this cunning tour de force…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Comically inventive…The author combines a Nabokovian love of wordplay with an Ali Smith–like ability to create eccentric characters who will take up permanent residence in the reader’s heart. This is a sheer delight for word lovers.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Overflowing with delectable linguistic arcana.” New York Times Book Review
“Full of charm…It’s simultaneously a love story, an office comedy, a sleuth mystery, and a slice of gaslit late Victoriana.” The Guardian (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Eley Williams

Author Bio: Eley Williams

Eley Williams is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author of The Liar’s Dictionary and When I Find I Cannot Kiss You, originally published under the title Attrib., and her work has appeared in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, Liberating the Canon, the London Times Literary Supplement, and London Review of Books.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English