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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075382812X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753828120
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and the 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 very successful travel series, Around the world in 80 days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, Hemingway Adventure, Sahara, Himalaya and New Europe. 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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It's an ingeniously plotted book, beautifully written and hugely enjoyable. (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Brilliantly evoking India, both thought-provoking and humorous, this is a terrific read. (THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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From the inimitable Michael Palin comes the warm and witty story of an everyman, a tantalising offer, a journey to India and the search for the truth. Includes Reading Group Notes.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Polyanna on 2 April 2013
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Once the story gets going and the viewpoint character travels to India, it is fascinating and brings these remote areas to life. 'The Truth' gets across an important message about the complexities of environmental campaigns - nothing is quite as straightforward as it seems. You may be put off at first by the plethora of pluperfects in the first few chapters, where Michael Palin keeps telling us the hero's backstory - using "he had been" instead of finding a way of taking us straight into thecharacter's head. Do stick with the book because it will take you on an inspiring journey to places you have never even heard of but are well worth a visit, but I do think Michael's editor should have told him that the action needed to start as soon as possible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2013
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The thing that I've found when reading fiction written by very famous people, is that I tend to see the author when I'm reading, rather than the characters. So, for me, Keith Mabbut looks like Michael Palin, although really I doubt that they have too much in common.

Keith is a man who regrets a lot, he is gazing back at this life and wondering just where to go next. Having just completed a book about an oil company in the Shetlands, he is determined that at last he will write his long-planned fiction novel. His agent has other ideas and despite (little) protest he finds himself off to India to track down Hamish Melville.

Michael Palin has been able to draw on his experience in the world of television presenting and travel writing to create a realistic sounding if not very pretty backdrop for this novel.

A gentle, fairly slow at times and dry-witted story that moves slightly into the 'thriller' territory in the second half. Michael Palin writes well with great insight into the environmental nature of the plot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary on 6 July 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's beautifully written, and I found all the characters interesting, both the appealing and the unappealing. All of them seemed very real and well-rounded, and all of them illustrated the point that no truth is absolute, to perfection. Mr Palin is very skilful at creating one impression of a character for his readers and then gradually altering the direction in which the spotlight falls and revealing another side to them.

I've read comments that there's too much 'environmental preaching' in the book. I didn't think so. I think the issue of environmental activism was dealt with very fairly, and it's clearly one the author knows something about.

Lastly, the descriptions of India were absolutely wonderful; I could taste the dust in the air. A really enjoyable read. I hope Michael Palin will find the time to write fiction more often!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mags on 13 Aug 2012
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'How appropriate that Michael Palin should choose the subject of a writer for his new novel. Michael seems to be in total command of any genre of writing that he chooses, from comedy scripts to TV plays, from diaries to films. Now he has created a story that is as compelling as it is topical. The plot combines an engaging kaleidoscope of ambition, cunning, deceit, light and darkness. Michael handles all the twists and turns with the skill of a master novelist, with The Truth, for once, being the winner.'
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By househub2012 on 14 Aug 2012
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The Truth is a clever, thoughtful novel and not at all what I had expected. Somehow I expected a comedy of manners. In fact the novel is a thought provoking study of family, love and the nature of truth combined with a helping of environmental concern. You can imagine Michael as Keith Mabbut - an old fashioned journalist now a writer for hire who aspires to be an award winning novelist - he's the explorer, the pioneer, supporter of the underdog and man of the people. This story is at once quintessentially British and truly international. A very satisfying read and a story that I keep thinking about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann Ball on 27 Aug 2013
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A very readable book written by someone who clearly is familiar with overseas travel and environmental issues. The book can be read on several levels: just for the story alone (which is full of surprises) as well on deeper philosophical level about the meaning of truth and its interpretation. Would make a good film, I feel. Definitely recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freelancer Frank on 18 Aug 2013
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This is a book about dignity and compromise. The sufferings of the hapless central character are quite Pyhonesque to begin with but this is gradually shed as the story reveals the grounding of self-identity. The book is broken up into three distinct acts. In the latter two, one gets the impression that Palin is writing about all the gritty stuff that he could never quite get into his travelogues. It feels as if he has really experienced some of the environmental stuff and that makes it all the more concerning to read about. The satirical style is reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh. The book is ultimately hopeful and genuinely heartwarming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Tawse on 4 Feb 2013
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This is a departure from the normal books written by Michael. A most entertaining and addictive read. His work is highly recommended
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