Body Lies
Jo Baker

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Narrated By: Imogen Church, Deborah McBride, Sam Woolf, Simon Ludders, Julie Maisey

Duration: 8 hours and 41 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Body Lies by Jo Baker, read by Imogen Church, Deborah McBride, Sam Woolf, Simon Ludders and Julie Maisey.

A layered and thrilling suspense novel that grapples with how to live as a woman in the modern world - or in the pages of a book - when the stakes are dangerously high.

When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it’s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she’s desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle. To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing group.

When a troubled student starts sending in chapters from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognises herself as the main character in his book - and he has written her a horrific fate.

Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it's too late?

At once a breathless cat-and-mouse game and a disarming exploration of sexual politics, The Body Lies is an essential book for our times.

Genre

Psychological thriller, Crime & mystery: women sleuths, Comic (humorous) crime & mystery, Political / legal thriller, Narrative theme: Social issues, Narrative theme: Sense of place, Epistolary fiction, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

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Packs a powerful punch on every page

Red Magazine

Gripping ... with lots to say about sexual politics

Good Housekeeping

Build-up of tension is EXCELLENT

Daily Mail

A propulsive #MeToo thriller investi­gating consent and male entitlement as well as the borders between truth and fiction.

Guardian

This superior thriller looks at how novels represent violence through the story of a creative writing teacher who finds herself trapped between the borders of life and fiction after recognising herself in a story written by one of her students