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From the award-winning author of Half-truths and White Lies and An Unknown Woman, comes an evocative, life-affirming tale of one woman who decides that she isn’t going to sit by without protest.

‘Lucy Forrester leaps off the page, feisty and unconventional, so that you never quite know what to expect from her.’ ~ Julie Cordiner




A rose garden. A woman with white hair. An embossed envelope from the palace.

Lucy Forrester, for services to literature, you are nominated for a New Year’s Honour.

Her hands shake. But it’s not excitement. It’s rage.
For five decades, she’s performed angry poems, attacked government policy on everything from Suez to Trident, chained herself to embassy railings, marched, chanted and held placards high.
Lucy knows who she is. Rebel, activist, word-wielder, thorn in the side of the establishment. Not a national bloody treasure.

Whatever this is – a parting gesture, a final act of revenge, or the cruellest of jokes – it can only be the work of one man. Dominic Marchmont, outspoken literary critic and her on/off lover of fifty years, whose funeral begins in under an hour.

Perhaps, suggests husband Ralph, the invitation isn’t the insult it seems? What if Dominic – the man they both loved – has left her an opportunity?

Perfect for fans of Margaret Forster, Ali Smith and Penelope Lively. This tale of a brilliant woman who continually reinvents herself to escape the ghosts of her past will leave you thinking long after you turn the final page.

‘Complex relationships, important moments in history, a strong, vibrant, protagonist. Lots to enjoy here.’ ~ Clare Flynn, author of The Pearl of Penang

‘The story of an extraordinary mind emerging out of a struggle with childhood polio. My Counterfeit Self packs a punch beyond the realm of fiction.’ ~ Bookmuse UK

‘Completely gripping, excellently written and so skilfully put together, I can’t recommend My Counterfeit Self highly enough.’ ~ Isabel Wolff, author of Ghostwritten

‘A gift of a novel (and will probably appear in the Christmas stockings of several of my friends….) and one that will haunt me for a long while.’ ~ Mrs. Vivienne Tuffnell

‘A sensitively wrought novel of our times, and one I gladly recommend.’ ~ Radhika Swarup, author of Where the Rivers Part

‘My only regret is that I have turned the last page and can no longer share in any more of Lucy’s escapades and crusades.’ ~ Julie Whitely



Three novels for the price of two

My Counterfeit Self is included in the value box set, The London Collection, three full-length novels linked by their city setting. (Only available in eBook format.)  

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Questions for book clubs reading My Counterfeit Self

My Counterfeit Self: Questions for Book clubs

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Here I am reading Chapter One at Waterstones, Covent Garden, recording by Novel London.


Publication Details:

Published: October 1, 2016
ISBN 13: 978-0-9932776-5-8
Kindle ASIN: B01KTY22R0

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