, Stephen Fry
's first novel, is, more or less, a Coming-of-Age Story
about a compulsive liar. It centers around a young man named Adrian Healey, beginning with his public school years and ending sometime after he graduates from Cambridge
. In between, he falls in love with his beautiful underclassman, Hugo Cartwright, forges an "unpublished" Dickens manuscript, works as a rent boy (allegedly)
, and gets involved in a pretend murder mystery.
The novel is told in Anachronic Order
with a liberal dosage of Unreliable Narrator
, although the book is written in the third person.
The Liar provides examples of: