“Lies, Damned Lies and History – The Chronicles of St Mary’s #7” by Jodi Taylor

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lies damn lies and history“Lies, Damned Lies and History” is one of the most accomplished books in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s

This is Jodi Taylor at her best: perfect comic timing that highlights rather than hides the stresses, anxieties and evil intents that life keeps throwing at us.

As ever, the humour is based on a kind of compassionate fatalism that brings to mind almost outdated words like “Pluck” and “Gumption” and “Intrepidness” or even “Sang Froid” (although the last one is suspiciously French and may tend to take itself too seriously).

At St. Mary’s,  being in an apparently hopeless situation where your duty requires you to risk your life for others is no excuse for a lack of moral fortitude, which is best demonstrated by doing the right thing AND delivering a witty, self-deprecating remark while you do it.

“Lies, Damned Lies And History” has a mystical flavour to it than I didn’t see…

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