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The Supreme Lie Reviews

The Supreme Lie by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Supreme Lie

Geraldine McCaughrean

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 15 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781474970686

Twice Carnegie medal winning Geraldine McCaughrean's enthralling new novel is a brilliant and darkly funny commentary on our present times by one of our greatest writers.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
25 Apr 2021

"McCaughrean’s prose and characterisation, of the good, the bad and the in-between, are a treat."

The tale, involving rich and poor, refugees and factory workers, kidnap and sabotage, reveals how the media can lie to manipulate opinion, how governments spread untruths to avoid panic, how hard it can be in power to make just decisions, and ultimately how we need to look after each other in society.


  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
20 Mar 2021

"This enjoyable eco thriller is richly told"

McCaughrean writes with such richness and builds worlds with such expertise you can see the scenes of desperation, smell the sweat from the workers manning the water pumps. The story jumps between the city and the North where a boy called Clem Woolen loses his home and is temporarily separated from his dog Heinz, and we see the impact of Suprema’s carelessness. As so often with dual narratives, one grips more than the other; in the first half I was always keen to return to Praesto. McCaughrean makes important points about climate change, but I found her constant evisceration of newspapers as receptacles of fake news a little wearing (the story is peppered with bogus reports).