A Pack of Lies, Paperback Book
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Ailsa doesn't trust MCC Berkshire, the mysterious man helping out in her mother's antique shop.

He tells wonderful stories about all the antiques, and his stories persuade the customers to buy the items he talks about, but everything he says is a pack of lies, isn't it? The story of Ailsa and MCC is interwoven with the stories MCC tells the customers, which range from romances to adventure stories; from crime dramas to pirate stories; from stories set in modern-day Ireland to stories set in ancient China.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780192752031

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For an example of a kidlit author who doesn't 'write down' for a younger audience, Geraldine McCaughrean is a wonderful example.<br/><br/>MCC is such an engaging character that I found myself skipping through his stories in order to find out more about him. Personally I'd have liked a greater proportion of the book to have been set in the shop. I didn't even realise until afterwards that his stories had taken the reader through the various stages of English literature. I'd have been even more impressed with the structure had I realised that. <br/><br/>I really liked the ending, which is perfectly ambiguous enough to put me in a mindspin. This tale throws up philosophical questions regarding the true nature of truth and untruth, and for younger readers will perhaps lead to an understanding that the greatest truths are told via fiction, even if fiction itself is outright lies.