The Truth

The Truth

Discworld Series, Book 25

eBook - 2008
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'An unmitigated delight . . . very, very funny' The Times

The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .

'A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on'

William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld's first newspaper.

Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist's life - people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes.

William just wants to get at THE TRUTH. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition...
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The Discworld novels can be read in any order but The Truth is a standalone novel.

Publisher: Transworld

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Jun 07, 2019

This is to fantasy what The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy is to science fiction and what Monty Python is to just about everything. Every single convention of the fantasy genre (and the folklore on which it is based) is hilariously skewered (except dragons and unicorns; there don't seem to be any of those). It is also a keen political and social satire, and while we're at it, a send-up of the whodunit genre. (There is even an occasional serious moment thrown in just for the fun of it.) Great stuff! I'm going to read some of the others in the series -- they don't have to be read in any particular order.

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 19, 2019

When you want – NEED—something funny, but you demand intelligence, wit, satire, and a bit of seriousness mixed in, you are asking for Terry Pratchett… and you’re asking for *The Truth.*

The more-or-less benevolent dictator of Ank-Morpork, Lord Vetinari, has never much liked the idea of a free press, the truth being so inconvenient to the tight running of a city. So there is no newspaper in his city. William de Worde has been scratching out a living by reporting news items to a handful of political leaders around the area. To make sure each leader gets the same news, he has a printer do a wood cut of his news and print off several sheets for mailing.

When some dwarves show William how to do this all faster and cheaper with moveable type – and to easily print extra copies to sell on the street – his life changes overnight. At the same time, some political thugs hatch a plot to kidnap Lord Vetinari and blame him for crimes. William takes on the dangerous job of reporting the Truth. The story also includes a romance, dangerous sausages, a multiple-personality newspaper hawker, and a talking dog, so all of your humor needs are covered in one novel! A great book for our times, where the freedom of the press is daily threatened by politicians. And it is laugh-aloud funny.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 19, 2018

When you want – NEED—something funny, but you demand intelligence, wit, satire, and a bit of seriousness mixed in, you are asking for Terry Pratchett… and you’re asking for *The Truth.*

The more-or-less benevolent dictator of Ank-Morpork, Lord Vetinari, has never much liked the idea of a free press, the truth being so inconvenient to the tight running of a city. So there is no newspaper in his city. William de Worde has been scratching out a living by reporting news items to a handful of political leaders around the area. To make sure each leader gets the same news, he has a printer do a wood cut of his news and print off several sheets for mailing.

When some dwarves show William how to do this all faster and cheaper with moveable type – and to easily print extra copies to sell on the street – his life changes overnight. At the same time, some political thugs hatch a plot to kidnap Lord Vetinari and blame him for crimes. William takes on the dangerous job of reporting the Truth. The story also includes a romance, dangerous sausages, a multiple-personality newspaper hawker, and a talking dog, so all of your humor needs are covered in one novel! A great book for our times, where the freedom of the press is daily threatened by politicians. And it is laugh-aloud funny.

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storywizard
Nov 27, 2017

One of my favs, not sure if I got the whole text I downloaded the 2nd copy of this from the catalogue but it cheered up my surgery recovery very much, a wry, funny read about real journalism whatever that may be in these strange times...

forbesrachel Aug 02, 2017

Appropriate for the times. Pratchett brings his usual wit and insight to the topics of journalism, politics, and the truth, as Ankh-Morpork heads towards its next century. Mafia movies are also part of this satirical stew. All-in-all, another great Discworld novel.

Amandatoryrant Jun 02, 2011

another laugh out loud, rollicking good time from Terry Pratchett. A view of journalism at its very finest.

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Nov 23, 2009

A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.

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