The Allegations

3.9 based on 54 ratings & 21 reviews on
Macmillan Digital Audio

Publication date: 14.07.2016
ISBN: 9781509840502
Number of pages: 0


On the morning after he has celebrated his 60th birthday party at a celebrity-filled party, Ned Marriott is in bed with his partner, Emma, when there's a knock on the door. Detectives from the London police force's 'Operation Millpond' have come to arrest him over an allegation of sexual assault.
Ned is one of the country's best-known historians - teaching at a leading university, advising governments and making top-rating TV documentaries - but this 'historic' claim from someone the cops insist on calling 'the victim' threatens him with personal and professional ruin and potential imprisonment.
Professor Marriott would normally turn for support to Tom Pimm, his closest friend at the university, but Tom has just been informed that a secret investigation has raised anonymous complaints, which may end Dr Pimm's career.
Swinging between fear, bewilderment and anger, Ned and Tom must try to defend themselves against the allegations, and hope that no others are made. The two men's families and friends are forced to question what they know and think. Can the complainants, detectives, HR teams, journalists and Tweeters who are driving the stories all be seeing smoke that has no fire behind it?
By turns shocking and comic, reportorial and thoughtful, The Allegations startlingly and heart-breakingly captures a contemporary culture in which allegations are easily made and reputations casually destroyed. Asking readers to decide who they believe, it explores a modern nightmare that could happen, in some way, to anyone whose view of personal history may differ from someone else's.

In the media

Two victims of false accusation feature in Lawson's strongly felt, powerfully written and very timely novel. Indignation at injustice and caustically knowledgeable contempt for those who perpetrate or tolerate it scorch from pages that range from scathing satire to blistering indictment
Sunday Times
Bears comparison with Malcolm Bradbury's classic 1975 campus novel The History Man . . . It is clear from Lawson's eloquently written and extraordinarily apposite novel that if careless talk doesn't cost lives, it can certainly cost livelihoods. The Allegations is the work of a man who understands the personal damage this causes. If it's any consolation, at least his stature as a novelist has risen another notch
Fiction does not get more contemporary than this . . . terrific writing and crackling lines
Daily Mail

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Mark Lawson at Words by The Water Festival.

Mark Lawson at Words by The Water Festival.

  • Theatre by the Lake
    Theatre by the Lake
    Theatre by the Lake Lakeside Lake Rd Keswick, CA12 5DJ UNITED KINGDOM
  • 09 March 2017 11:00
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Join Mark Lawson in the beautiful setting of Theatre By The Lake, located on the side of Derwentwater for Words by The Water festival who will be discussing his latest thrilling book The Allegations.

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