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Would I Lie to You?
08 Jul 2021 * EBOOK * £3.99 * 9781800245693

When Faiza's husband loses his job, she must conceal that she's spent the family's emergency savings trying to keep up with the Yummy Mummies of Wimbledon.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 448 pages
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Also by Aliya Ali-Afzal
Would I Lie to You?by Aliya Ali-Afzal

She could lose the perfect life... if she tells the truth.

At the school gates in Wimbledon Village, Faiza fits in. It took a few years and a brand new wardrobe, but now the snobbish mothers who mistook her for the nanny treat her as one of their own.

But the perfect life costs money. When her husband Tom loses his job, Faiza realises she'll have to reveal her biggest secret: she's spent her family's entire life savings.

Unless she doesn't...

It only takes a second to lie to Tom. Now Faiza has six weeks to find £75,000 or risk losing the family she has worked so hard to protect.

Readers and reviewers are loving Would I Lie to You?

'Warm, intelligent [...] and keeps up the tension right till the end' Sophie Kinsella
'A properly indulgent page turner' Adele Parks, Platinum
'A fresh take on domestic dynamics and moral dilemma... Great for book clubs' Clare Mackintosh
'Convincing and compelling' Stacey Halls
'I couldn't put it down... Tense and funny' Claire Douglas
'I was immediately hooked' Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
'Wise and warm... A page turner' Woman & Home
'A breathtaking, tense ride' Jesse Sutanto
'I just fell into it and couldn't stop' Sarah Pearse
'A refreshing new voice in commercial fiction' Cosmopolitan
'Intelligent and original' Lesley Kara
'So warm, funny, sad and brilliantly written' Laura Marshall
'Not just entertaining, but intelligent and original too [...] and the resourceful Faiza will steal your heart' Lesley Kara
'A warm, funny, compelling, escapist read' Debbie Howells
'Tense, funny, poignant and very clever' Claire Douglas

Aliya Ali-Afzal has a degree in Russian and German from UCL and worked as an Executive MBA Career Coach in London. While helping her clients to pursue their dream lives and careers, she decided to take her own advice and become a writer. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, is an alum of Curtis Brown Creative, and has had her writing longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, the Mslexia Novel Competition, the Mo Siewcharran Prize, and the Primadonna Prize. Aliya has lived in London all her life since moving there from Pakistan as a young child.

A smart, thoughtful and funny debut that handles themes of identity, culture, race, gender and finance with a light touch.

Author's writing has been longlisted for The Bath Novel Award, The Mslexia Novel Competition, The Mo Prize Hachette UK, and The Primadonna Prize.

Aliya Ali-Afzal is a keen observer of the Wimbledon yummy mummy tribe, and is often the only brown face at the school gates: the world of her book rings absolutely true.

MARKET: Liane Moriarty; Adele Parks; Marian Keyes; Kiley Reid; Celeste Ng.


An uplifting and joyous read... A refreshing new voice in commercial fiction' Cosmopolitan

'Warm, intelligent [...] and keeps up the tension right till the end' Sophie Kinsella

'A fresh take on domestic dynamics and moral dilemma... Great for book clubs' Clare Mackintosh

'Convincing and compelling' Stacey Halls

'A page-turner hinging on financial meltdown' Woman & Home

'An engaging, entertaining, smart, and ultimately feel-good novel with huge emotional integrity and balance' LoveReading

'Compelling and heartwarming' Happiful Magazine

'A brilliant read' Bella Magazine

'This book acknowledges moral dilemmas with wit and warmth' Woman's Weekly

'This warm-hearted, funny debut is an indulgent page-turner... A gripping, unexpected thriller' Adele Parks, The Sun

'[A] dazzling debut' My Weekly

'This is warm and genuinely funny, opening as Faiza tries to get out of a 'Botox party' she can't afford, and following her desperate attempts to keep her spending secret. Loved it' The Bookseller

'A warm, insightful tale of family, friendship and fitting in' People's Friend

'I just loved this... I read this almost in one sitting and I absolutely adored it' Annabel & Grace

'Ali-Afzal's witty, sharp, and very funny book will have you cheering throughout' Penguin Random House Blog

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