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, heart-warming novel, Michael Palin turns his considerable skills to fiction in the story of an ordinary man on an extraordinary adventure.
Narrator Alex Jennings is one of Britain's most revered actors and the winner of three Laurence Olivier Awards. His career has included numerous roles in film, TV and on stage, including his notable performance as Charles, Prince of Wales, in the film The Queen in 2006.
©2012 Michael Palin (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
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"Tackles this subject in a non depressing way"
Fab. I hope Palin writes more novels. His worldly experience and practical wisdom can show us the overwhelming reality (about what we are doing to our world) through fiction in a non overwhelming way. Enjoyed it and looking forward to more.
"The pedants' revolt"
People seem to be strangely polarised by Michael Palin.... This the first of his novels that I have read and on the whole it's pretty good. His wealth of experience as a writer shines through and gives life to his main protagonist, also a writer. Unfortunately there is one section of the book that irritates me; the mention of Karlsbad as one part of Yugoslavia but then in Czechoslovakia..... The two former states were not even close to each other! This aside, it is well written and thoroughly engaging.
The only reason I did not give 'The Truth' five stars was due to the lack of humour, although there is humour here, it wasn't quite what I was expecting from Palin. Saying this is only really a minor criticism as the story is engaging, interesting and dramatic in places, as well as thought provoking. I grew to really like Keith (main character) and Melville in particular amongst the supporting characters. I would recommend this title highly, the narrator gets the tone and tempo of the book spot on and his accents are not bad either. A very enjoyable listen.
"What is the truth?"
I haven't read the print version, but would recommend it to a friend
I liked the main character Keith as he progressed as a character throughout the book.
He brought the various characters to life
I cried at several points as the inherent exploitation of both people groups and key people within the story works it's way out.
"Lots of truths about life and people"
Excellent, lots of truths, really enjoyed the plot, the research, the story of the writer!
Such an interesting plot. I very much enjoyed the thought provoking theme of the destructive force of corporate consumerism which is cleverly woven into the storyline.
An enjoyable read based around a directionless protagonist whom I thought far too decent to have ever been a journalist!
"The truth is it's a bit boring"
Not sure there was just not much going on .
Not sure the story was about serious issues so it had no humour.
I found it far fetched that a guy that was so hard to find by everyone else was easily located by Keith in various parts of deepest India.
The last 2 hours
There are only 2 main characters. So Keith's agent must go !!
Right something funny Michael!!
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