Author(s): Julie Mayhew
This is a startling coming-of-age novel set in a contemporary Nazi England. Jessika Keller is a good girl: she obeys her father, does her best to impress Herr Fisher at the Bund Deutscher Madel meetings and is set to be a world champion ice skater. Her neighbour Clementine is not so submissive. Outspoken and radical, Clem is delectably dangerous and rebellious. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend. But which can she live without? The Big Lie is a thought-provoking and beautifully told story that explores ideas of loyalty, sexuality, protest and belief.
A shocking story of rebellion and revelation set in a contemporary Nazi England
Julie Mayhew originally trained as a journalist, then as an actress, and she started writing because she hardly ever saw a script with a brilliant role for a girl or a woman. Her most recent play for BBC Radio 4, A SHOEBOX OF SNOW, was shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award and was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award. She is currently working on her first historical play, about love and electricity in the 18th century. Because she lacks focus (or shows great versatility - you decide) she is also a prolific writer of short stories and hosts a short story cabaret night, 'The Berko Speakeasy'. Julie's debut novel RED INK was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the 2014 Branford Boase Award. Julie lives in Hertfordshire with her family, and you can follow her at www.juliemayhew.co.uk or on Twitter: @juliemayhew