The Liar Book Summary and Study Guide

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Adrian Healey, sexual star of his boarding school, secret lover of the blonde and beautiful Hugo Cartwright, spends his gap year as a rent boy in Piccadilly. Once at Cambridge, he discovers a lost Dickens' manuscript, the pornographic story of the seduction of a blonde and beautiful boy.
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Adrian's compulsive lying is matched only by the cunning of his tutor Donald Trefusis, who is himself caught having sex in a public toilet, before recruiting Adrian for MI5.

The review of this Book prepared by Holly

The book is all about Adrian Healey and his progress through life as a prolific liar. Stephen Fry, for those who have not heard of him, is hilarious in both writing and real life and this semi-autobiographical novel of his first twenty years is vividly detailed and, although perhaps a bit sketchy with flashbacks, is a delightful comic romp about a kid who coasts through life unscathed because of his immense skill at lying and defrauding others.
The review of this Book prepared by S.J.Fletcher

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   struggling to earn a living to survive Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   conman stealing/fraud Kind of sex:    -   really kinky sex    -   two guys doing it Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   college    -   high school Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   searching for identity/meaning Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations Wild kid(s)?    -   committing crimes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Germany

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   two guys doing it Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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