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Death, deceit and old-fashioned fun in a time of plague

Company of Liars: A Novel of the Plague. By Karen Maitland. Penguin/Michael Joseph, €17.75

1st March, 2008

Company of Liars: A Novel of the Plague. By Karen Maitland. Penguin/Michael Joseph, €17.75

The year 1348 was a most inauspicious time to be in England; the Black Death had began to lay waste to the country, decimating the population.

But Karen Maitland’s second novel is about more than the pestilence that killed 50 million people in Europe. This is an adventure story about how a group of misfits attempt to outrun the disease, la...

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