The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman

Reviewed by
September 2019, no. 414
Alison Whittaker reviews 'The Old Lie' by Claire G. Coleman

The Old Lie

by Claire G. Coleman

Hachette, $32.99 pb, 356 pp, 9780733640841

The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman

Reviewed by
September 2019, no. 414

In The Old Lie, Claire G. Coleman has given herself a right of reply to her award-winning début novel, Terra Nullius (2017). Here, she strips away some of the racial ambiguity of the human–alien invasion allegory of that novel and leaves in its place a meaty analysis of colonisation and imperialism.

The Old Lie is also a hoot, a rollick through both sci-fi and speculative fiction. While some early action sequences may leave the reader scurrying for purchase in a vacuum not unlike the great yawn of space, they reflect the confusion of war and displacement. Although it strands us, as bodies boil or suffocate and planets succumb, it has the merit of making her readers work hard – encoding revelation after revelation about contemporary realities into a knotted, visceral plot.

Alison Whittaker reviews 'The Old Lie' by Claire G. Coleman

The Old Lie

by Claire G. Coleman

Hachette, $32.99 pb, 356 pp, 9780733640841

You May Also Like

From the New Issue

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.