Cover of novel This is Not a Lie. A long-haired guitarist on a black background.


"The storyline of the book is mind blowing... To read it from the perspective of a person who is also a member of the community is extremely eye opening."

~ @who_prashant, Instagram 

"S.C. Farrow brings this compelling novel to a surprisingly upbeat conclusion. I absolutely loved and HIGHLY recommend this outstanding novel."

~ Kathy @ Goodreads

Contemporary fiction, lgbtq, love story, Australian

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This is Not a Lie Author ReadingS.C. Farrow
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In 1984, St Kilda is the heart and soul of Melbourne’s thriving music scene. Joel Reed, a brilliant young guitarist and songwriter, had followed his sister Karen to the bohemian beachside suburb to chase his dream of becoming a rock star. On the surface, it seems like Joel has got it all together. He’s in an up-and-coming rock ‘n’ roll band and is surrounded by people who want to see him succeed. However, he is also a high-functioning heroin addict and closet homosexual. Desperately lonely and dangerously self-destructive, he lives a carefully constructed lie lest he be discovered, outed, and shunned by the city’s legion of hard rock fans.


When the band is forced to audition for a new frontman, Joel’s world is turned upside down. Harry Engel, the offbeat and disarmingly charismatic vocalist, rocks up to audition and Joel falls in love but there’s no way he can tell Harry how he feels. He can’t do anything to jeopardise the band’s success and so he continues living the lie—until tragedy strikes and he realises the lie was never going to save them.

* Published by Dixi Books

"Farrow’s writing is assured, her prose elegant, and the characterization first-rate. Her descriptive eye lends beauty and authenticity to the multilayered, complex narrative."

~ BooksCoffee @ Goodreads

"Farrow has crafted a devastating, thoroughly engrossing story."

~ Booksiren @ Goodreads

"What results is a graphic tale that will really test your mettle as a reader, but is without a doubt one of the most original and well-represented works I’ve read this year. I would certainly recommend This is Not a Lie to all fans of LGBTQIA+ drama."

 ~ K.C. Finn, Readers Favourite 

"It would be a grave disservice to simply describe S.C. Farrow’s This is Not a Lie as a gay rocker novel. I can imagine someone out there reading  this novel while shedding a tear—and this is the hallmark of a moving tale with a universal appeal."

~ Vincent Dublado, Readers Favourite 

"S.C. Farrow’s narrative style is expressive, which means the reader gets the full brunt of Joel’s emotions and his conflicts. You can feel the seed of disappointment and his heartbreaks very clearly."

 ~ Rabia Tanveer, Readers Favourite 

"Oh my God. This is genuinely the only thing I can say after reading this amazing book. This is Not a Lie is an insanely thought provoking book penned to perfection & is quite poignant. (P. S. Can someone please sign this book for a TV series. Pretty please?)

 ~ @ bookmarkedbyshreya, Instagram