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The Truth by Michael Palin

The Truth

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‘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 Michael Frayn, John Banville and Justin Cartwright.


The Truth by Michael Palin

Keith Mabbut is at a crossroads in his life. When he is offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to pen 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 the lush landscapes and 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...In this wonderful, heartwarming novel, Michael Palin turns his considerable skills to fiction in the story of an ordinary man on an extraordinary adventure.


Brilliantly evoking India, both thought-provoking and humorous, this is a terrific read. * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE * It's an ingeniously plotted book, beautifully written and hugely enjoyable. * THE DAILY TELEGRAPH *

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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18th July 2013


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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


304 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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