Is the truth really what we make it?
From the inimitable Michael Palin, a warm and intelligent novel about good intentions and human frailty.
'A feel-good story leaving the reader on a real high' OBSERVER
Keith Mabbut has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to pen the biography of the elusive Hamish Melville, a highly influential activist and humanitarian. Feeling that his life has reached a crossroad, 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...
'THE TRUTH is the perfect example of [Palin's] literary brilliance' STYLIST
'An ingeniously plotted book, beautifully written and hugely enjoyable' DAILY TELEGRAPH
In Palin's second novel, Keith Mabbut is a corporate hack-writer with literary ambitions. When a lucrative opportunity to write about legendary activist Hamish Melville presents itself, Mabbut leaps at the opportunity. With his personal life falling apart, he finds inspiration in Melville. But the book he's written flies in the face of what his publisher wants and that creates all sorts of problems for Mabbut, his family, and Melville. Narrator Alex Jennings deftly delivers a variety of foreign accents and captures Mabbut's initial frustration and general disposition. Jennings also renders Mabbut's evolution and transformation, providing a clear contrast between the man Mabbut was and is by novel's end. The narrator also lends consistent, unique voices to secondary characters. And, best of all, Jennings manages to, at times, channel Palin, capturing the author's wry delivery and excellent timing. A Thomas Dunne hardcover.