Lying in Bed (Paperback)

By Polly Samson

Little, Brown UK, 9781844087082, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 20, 2011

List Price: 13.95*
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Do you cover up or reveal it all; seek revenge or just reassurance; let the truth be naked as the day or cloaked in a night-time story? The men and women of Polly Samson's debut fiction all have stories to tell, pasts to forget, futures to forge. Manipulative or meek, used or using, all are aware of the power of truth, deception and little white lies to get what they want or sometimes what they deserve. Some are concerned with the economies of speech, those little 'kindnesses' which protect our loved ones but really ourselves; some investigate the warped logic which adults serve out to children to keep them 'innocent'; all are concerned with the beds we make and the lies we tell in them. . .

About the Author

Polly Samson has worked in publishing and as a journalist, most recently for the SUNDAY TIMES. She is married with three young sons.

Praise For Lying in Bed

"Astutely observed linked stories reveal the pleasures, temptations, secrets, and disappointments of lovers, parents and children in an English seaside town."  O magazine, on Perfect Lives

"A thoughtful, riveting collection of intertwined stories of love, loss, and keeping up appearances."  Harper's Bazaar on Perfect Lives

"One wishes, at times, for more narrative reward, but Samson's dreamy, evocative prose quietly offers its own."  Entertainment Weekly on Perfect Lives

"Samson narrates each piece fully and effortlessly...the collection is a pleasure to read."Booklist

"haunting and satisfying collection" and say that "the stories disrupt and eruptjust like the relationships so honestly examined within them...It is the stuff that unsettles that makes this collection so deeply touching."Publishers Weekly