TALK: ‘A Memory of Lies’ by Johnnie Gallop


Friday 16 August 2019

On Friday 16 August, author Johnnie Gallop will join us here at Messums Wiltshire for a talk and signing of his recently published novel A Memory of Lies, a story of family love and a dynastic epic. Taking place across five decades, the characters weave a path for survival through the moral maze of war-torn Europe and emerging Africa. In the end the reader is left considering how the presentation of history morphs over time in light of whichever is the prevailing dogma. How many ‘true’ memories are merely lies?

A Memory of Lies draws influence from Pasternak’s ‘Zhivago’, Archer’s ‘Kane and Abel’, Makine’s ‘A Life’s Music’, and Orwell’s ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’.

Born and raised in a south London suburb, Johnnie left school at 16 and worked for a small private bank in Fleet Street for nearly thirty years. He left banking to take his A levels and then went on to become an undergrad at the London School of Economics reading economic history. Whilst at university Johnnie worked out the plot for A Memory of Lies and decided that it had to be written. He is now working on the sequel and has a third novel in mind. These days Johnnie lives on the Wiltshire/Dorset borders.

There is an option for supper in the Mess Restaurant after the talk. If you wish to book a table phone us on 01747 445042 or email

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