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The Truth
by Michael Palin

RRP €26.95

The Truth
by Author Name Michael Palin

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List Price:26.95
Format: Hardback, 240 x 161 x 26mm, 272pp
Publication date: 05 Jul 2012
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN-13: 9780297860211


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 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 a ordinary man on an extraordinary adventure.


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