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‘The Lies You Told’
by Harriet Tyce
Teaser Extract

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“Finally, it begins. Jeremy takes his seat in the dock, prosecution and defence barristers to left and right, Barbara at the front, me in the middle, Zora at the back, nearest to Jeremy in case he needs to consult her during the course of the proceedings. On the other side, the prosecutor, Edward Kayode. He’s on his own, no junior, no CPS representative. But I know that the lack of back up on the prosecution side won’t be an issue to him. Nearly twenty years call and deeply competent, he’s described in the Legal 500 as a ‘highly charismatic advocate, with an in-depth knowledge of his cases that is second to none.’

They all rise as the judge enters. We bow towards the front of the court. She bows back, and they all take their seats. As proceedings begin, ripples of noise from the public gallery start to make their way into the body of the court. I look round at the teenagers who have taken up seats in pole position at the front of the public gallery. Alexandra is sitting at the other end of the front row, her face a mask of disapproval. I can’t see anyone who could be Jeremy’s father at this point.

Jeremy is looking distracted, his attention caught by the activity at the back rather than where it should be, looking at the judge. I wonder if he might be looking for his father. The clerk of the court has to call his name out twice before he reacts, leaping up to confirm his name and address. Zora opens her notebook and starts scribbling a note, ripping out the page and handing it to me. I am finding the father impossible, it says. He keeps emailing me, telling me what to do. Then he can’t even be on time to support his own son.

I read this, turn and catch Zora’s eye. We raise our eyebrows at each other. I know it’ll be a lot easier for the defence team if he isn’t there, drowning us with his expertise, but I worry that it’ll have an adverse effect on Jeremy. I take another glance at him. He’s staring down in front of him, pale, drawn”

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Book Beginnings On Friday

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Image of author Harriet Tyce


Has she left her child in the care of a killer?

Sadie has moved back to London so her daughter can attend the exclusive school her domineering father has secured her a place at. It’s highly sought-after and highly competitive – just like the other mothers, Sadie soon discovers.

While she’s trying to get her daughter settled and navigate the fraught politics of the school gate, Sadie is also trying to reclaim a position in her old legal chambers – she used to practice as a criminal barrister. She’s given the junior brief on a scandalous case involving a male teacher and his student. It’s an opportunity to prove herself, but will she let a dangerous flirtation cloud her professional judgement?

And will her sudden close friendship with another mother prevent her from seeing the truth – and the threat that she’s inviting into her home?

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