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‘Set in an intergalactic war, this powerful story is told from multiple viewpoints and delivers an emotionally wrenching impact.’ – Sally Morgan, author of the bestselling Australian classic MY PLACE

Shane Daniels and Romany Zetz have been drawn into a war that is not their own. Lives will be destroyed, families will be torn apart. Trust will be broken.

When the war is over, some will return to a changed world. Will they discover that glory is a lie?

Claire G. Coleman’s new novel takes us to a familiar world to ask what we have learned from the past. THE OLD LIE might not be quite what you expect.


‘surprising and unforgettable’ – Publisher’s Weekly

‘moving and original’ – Weekend Australian

‘impossible to ignore’ – Books and Publishing

‘unflinching’ – Sydney Review of Books

‘timely’ – Adelaide Review


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VIC & NSW [PRINT] Spectrum
evoking the visceral war poetry of Wilfred Owen, the rich world-building of Ursula K. Le Guin and a dark, inventive wit that is all Coleman's.
[ONLINE] Adelaide Review
The Old LieV speaks to some all-too-timely truths.
SA [PRINT] Adelaide Review
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SA [PRINT] Adelaide Advertiser
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NATIONAL [PRINT] Australian Book Review
VIC [PRINT] The Saturday Paper
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NSW & VIC [PRINT] Spectrum
these proud indigenous men and women try to survive in a brutal, unfair world where an alien but familiar empire rules the space lanes. War is hell, but victory carries its own challenges for those deemed dispensable.
VIC [PRINT] Herald Sun Weekend
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NATIONAL [PRINT] Weekend Australia
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ACT & NSW [PRINT] Regional News Corp coverage