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“It’s set to be one of the most talked-about YA books of the year… …a deeply chilling and unsettling book, exploring loyalty and rebellion, friendship and sexuality” ~ The Bookseller

“A genius idea, executed flawlessly” ~ Red Magazine

“Julie Mayhew has produced a book of such style, subtlety and timeless relevance that it can, even in its infancy, be described as a modern classic” ~ We Love This Book

“Quietly devastating” ~ Lucy Mangan

“Magnificent” ~ The Independent

“The Big Lie is a compelling and mysterious tale of protest, obedience and identity and a novel to make you think” ~ Telegraph

“Groundbreaking and truly remarkable… … poised to be one of the most controversial, celebrated YA books of the decade. “ ~ The Guardian

“Julie Mayhew’s star is on the rise following her widely praised debut Red Ink, and this book promises to pack an equal punch” ~ Scottish Book Trust

“Brave, beautiful and devastating. I finished it and haven’t stopped thinking about it” ~ Rae Earl

“More than just another ‘what if the Nazis won the war?’ novel (though it’s a brilliantly realised example of the genre), this unputdownable book is also a powerful and moving exploration of friendship, family, sexuality and what it really means to be ‘good” ~ Anna Carey, The Irish Times

“Chilling, beautifully written and stays with you long, long after you’ve turned the final page” ~ Sarra Manning

“A pungent whiff of evil rises from these pages like body odour. But it’s also a disturbingly familiar world… Brilliant and compulsively readable” ~ Armadillo Magazine

“From the outset the reader is captivated by the direct first-person telling of the story, making it almost impossible to stop reading” ~ Inis Magazine

“This is brilliant!” ~ Hayley Long, author of What’s Up With Jody Barton?

“The Big Lie is not only morally provocative – it is also a beautifully written and very tightly-plotted thriller, suffused with suspense and some stunning (and upsetting!) twists” ~ The Reading Zone

“A real cracker of a story, which I predict will be on prize lists” ~ Lucy Coats for Publishing Talk

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“I am a good girl. It is my most defining feature. And that’s the truth.”

What if the Nazis had won WWII? What if one girl could win it back?

Buckinghamshire 2014. Jessika Keller is one of the Third Reich’s shining lights. She is an exemplary member of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, a future figure skating champion and the apple of her father’s eye. But when her neighbour and lifelong friend Clementine challenges the regime, Jessika begins to understand the frightening reality of the society in which she lives.

The Big Lie is an alt-history thriller which asks readers to examine their own attitudes to feminism, sexuality and revolution.

Acquisition announcement from Hot Key

World Rights: Hot Key Books

Publication: 27 August 2015

Media Rights: All enquiries to Yasmin McDonald at United Agents


Julie will be talking about The Big Lie at the following events…

27 June 2015 – BeaconLit Festival

18 July 2015 – YALC at ComicCon (writing workshop)

18 July 2015 – YALC at ComicCon (agent & author Q&A)

29 August 2015 – Literary Death Match at the Edinburgh Festival

7 September 2015 – Watford Library Teen Reading Group, 4.30pm

22 September 2015 – Short Stories Aloud at Blackwells, Oxford

8 October – Revolutionary Women with Jennifer Donnelly, Hot Key Books Offices, 7pm

17 October 2015 – Manchester Literary Festival with Laura Dockrill & Sarah Crossan, Central Library, 3pm

22 October 2015 – Future Network, Metal Peterborough, 6pm

4 November 2015 – Long Stratton High School, all day

18 November 2015 – Sevenoaks Bookshop Writers’ Group, 7.30pm

This list will be updated regularly…


The book was launched with a protest party at Here Cafe, sponsored by Shoot Me Studios and Waterstones. See the full gallery from the night here.

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