• Author: Dr. Vernon Anley

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1602902283

  • ISBN-13: 978-1602902282

  • Genre: Fiction

  • Pages: 240

  • Publisher: Oaktara

  • Author Website - http://www.vernonanley.co.uk

  • Available from: Amazon


A Carnival of Lies is an autobiographical novel set in Hitler’s Germany. Much of the documentation, insight and material of the book are new. Based on detailed research, often into hitherto untapped sources, the book reconstructs the events that lead to the industrially organized mass murder and enslavement of millions. But the book is more than an illuminating account of the greatest experiment in criminal practice that civilization has seen. Told through the lives of a young woman and the man who loved her, the book is an intimate portrait of human nature under adversity. A Carnival of Lies fundamentally enriches our knowledge of human nature, the organization of power, and how the ordinary can transform itself into terror.


Dr. Vernon Anley was educated in Australia and England. After leaving university he worked for the Ministry of Overseas Development in the West Indies before resuming an academic career in Europe and the Far East. In addition to two successful novels, A Carnival of Lies and An Unholy Love, he has co-authored several books on linguistics, written radio scripts and articles describing his travels in the Hejaz and Yemen, and regularly contributed articles to academic journals on linguistics and education.


Everyone should know something about the Second World War - but most histories are simply too long and dull, or so specific that you don't get to see the wood for the trees. 'A Carnival of Lies' is amazing in that it not only takes you into the heart of Hitler's Germany but into areas (e.g. Dachau and Auschwitz) that most authors have no inside knowledge of. 'A Carnival of Lies' is set in the Second World War, but it is not a war book. There are extraordinary passages about life in Auschwitz, but it is not another holocaust story. The thread of espionage runs through the book, but it is not about spies. Actually, it is about all these things, although essentially it is the story of a man and a woman, and their experience of life, death and love. This is a great book. I could not put it down. You will not be disappointed. - Oaktara

`Perceptive and imaginative ... deserves every recognition. The background detail, much of it from hitherto untapped sources, only emphasises that those who have not lived through the holocaust will never know the burden of suffering and death experienced by its victims. Totalitarianism has never seemed more subtle, insidious and in the end more terrifying. This is an outstanding book, beautifully written and absorbing. ' - J.K. Taplin

‘A most unusual and compelling book: the author, by the device of the fictional autobiography of an undercover agent in Nationalist Socialist Germany in the years from 1933, portrays with unembellished clarity the horrors of the Nazi machine operating at the national and individual level, with the contrast of those whose faith in humankind - even when they perish - outlasts those terrible years. Highly recommended.’ - Alan Scott, CVO, CBE, lately Governor of the Cayman Islands.

‘Vernon Anley’s nightmarish narrative about a nation led into infamy gallops on at a pace and style which guarantees to hold the readers’ attention from the start. A romance set against the backdrop of the Holocaust grips the imagination with horror and compassion. From the moment the first page is turned we are witness to a chronicle of man’s inhumanity to man, based throughout on carefully researched historic facts. This is a powerful story of human survival against all odds and a triumph of hope over despair.’ - Raymond Zala