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From the back cover:

Peter Farrell is not the first person to discover he is illegitimate

but few have been brave enough to provide such an illuminating

account of the events that led to the search for a parent. This

rich and compelling memoir reveals a surprising personal history

behind an apparently conventional life. 

Through Peter’s mother, Marion, we are taken from an East End munitions factory in the First World War and a 1920s mental health institution to the bohemian free school movement, and learn what sacrifices a mother can make for her child. Peter’s own life experiences are forged on a childhood of institutional living with little concept of normal family life. 

As a new immigrant sent to work on a remote prison farm in New Zealand, it takes Peter many years and encounters to finally understand what Maori mean by the word ‘whanau’.The Lie That Settles is a powerful story of loss, love and survival spanning nine decades and two continents.

Photo: 1 Marion Farrell. 'Mum' to me; 'MOF' to the boys of Red Hill.

2 Red Hill School (Charlton Court), East Sutton, Maidstone, UK.

2. National Park Station, New Zealand


The title of the book is taken from this quotation:

"It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in and settleth in it that doth the hurt". - Francis Bacon.

It is left to the reader to decide whether Bacon was right on this occasion.

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