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The Truth by Michael Palin
  

The Truth

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July 2012 Book of the Month.

‘An ordinary man on an extraordinary adventure’ - The Truth is a wonderful, heart-warming novel exploring the issues of media manipulation, private lives and public persona, and the balance of progress against environmental damage. A writer, barely scraping a living from his work, is given the opportunity of a lifetime writing the biography of a high profile idealist and humanitarian – but the more he researches the more he begins to question the Truth.

Michael Palin’s debut novel, Hemmingway’s Chair was a wonderful book but it was published in 1997 so his second The Truth has been a long time coming – but was worth the wait.

If you like Michael Palin you might also like to read books by Justin Cartwright, John Banville and Michael Frayn.

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Synopsis

The Truth by Michael Palin

Keith Mabbut is at a crossroads in his life. When he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to write the biography of the elusive Hamish Melville, a highly influential activist and humanitarian - he seizes the chance to write something meaningful. His search to find out the real story behind the legend takes Mabbut to Orissa and the environmental hotspots of India. The more he discovers about Melville, the more he admires him - and the more he connects with an idealist who wanted to make a difference. But is his quarry really who he claims to be? As Keith discovers, the truth can be whatever we make it.

Reviews

The Truth is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written and hugely enjoyable book that raises tricky questions about the cost of progress, and even trickier ones about our need for heroes, the price of personal compromise, and what Palin calls the uncontroversial assumption that the truth is immutable THE DAILY TELEGRAPH winning characterisation, clever plot and deep sense of humanity it's an unmitigated delight CHOICE well-crafted, warm hearted - and wholly recommended READER'S DIGEST entertaining...delightfully funny SUNDAY EXPRESS Part environmental thriller, part biting swipe at the publishing industry...a thoughtful and generous study of failure DAILY MAIL Michael Palin has proved himself a major talent at many things. Storytelling is another. ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS The Truth is the perfect example of his literary brilliance - here's hoping he won't leave it so long until his next novel. STYLIST The Truth is a wonderful, heart-warming novel exploring the issues of media manipulation, private lives and public persona, and the balance of progress against environmental damage. LOVEREADING UK An entertaining story of hero worship, compromise and grubby trade-offs. TATLER reads like a dream -- Christopher Bray THE DAILY EXPRESS 20120706 The Truth is a compelling and zippily paced book. TIME OUT 20120705 It's an enthralling and almost Kipling-esque tale for our times METRO 20120711 It's a feelgood story leaving the reader on a real high. -- Rachel Redford THE OBSERVER 20120715 Palin's dryly understated exasperation with the absurdities of daily life and his ear for dialogue raise an appreciative smile. THE SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE 20120715 It is 16 years since Michael Palin published his first novel, Hemingway's Chair. His second, The Truth, is so effortlessly accomplished that one wonders why he stayed away from fiction for so long. THE FINANCIAL TIMES 20120721 The Truth is a very good story, very well told... His detailed descirptions of India and Indians, in prose that seems honest and natural, are so atmospheric and emotive that without car chases and high explosives he has succeeded in writing a thriller that actually thrills, about a subject that actually matters THE SPECTATOR A witty and provocative story that highlights the risks of finally meeting the person you most admire. SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE Michael Palin has proved to be the master of everything he attempts. DOVER EXPRESS 20130228


About the Author

Michael Palin

Michael Palin established his reputation with MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS and RIPPING YARNS. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as THE MISSIONARY, A PRIVATE FUNCTION, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A FISH CALLED WANDA and, more recently, AMERICAN FRIENDS and FIERCE CREATURES. His television credits include two films for the BBC's GREAT RAILWAY JOURNEYS, the plays EAST OF IPSWICH and NUMBER 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH.

He has written books to accompany his six very successful travel series, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, POLE TO POLE, FULL CIRCLE, HEMINGWAY ADVENTURE, SAHARA and HIMALAYA. He is also the author of a number of children's stories, the play THE WEEKEND and the novel HEMINGWAY'S CHAIR.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th July 2012

Author

Michael Palin

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780297860211

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