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Conflicts of Interest

Terry Stiastny

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The gripping second novel from the author of the award-winning ACTS OF OMISSION.

'A skilful prose stylist and a connoisseur of telling details' Guardian

Ageing war correspondent Lawrence Leith has retreated to a small village in the French countryside to mourn the end of his marriage and the loss of his job.

When his old friend Martin Elliott arrives, he stirs memories that Lawrence has been trying to forget; memories of a dusty road in the Congo where everything went disastrously wrong. Martin is convinced that Lawrence needs to get back in the game but when that involves returning to Africa, Lawrence isn't convinced. That is until he meets Isabelle Vernet, the woman leading the trip . . .

Masterfully constructed and universally topical, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST is a novel about personal betrayal and political double-dealing, about the realities of being in the public eye and how the truth, no matter how hidden, will always out.

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Terry Stiastny

The majority of Terry Stiastny's journalistic career was spent reporting for BBC News, which she left in 2012. During her time at the BBC, she worked in Berlin and Brussels, covered politics in Westminster and spent many years on BBC Radio 4 news programmes. She was educated at Oxford University, studying PPE at Balliol College and International Relations (MPhil) at St Antony's College. She lives in London with her husband and two sons. Acts of Omission won the Paddy Power Political Fiction Book of the Year Award 2014.