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Author: Terry Pratchett
Title: The Truth
Publisher: Doubleday
Date: 2000 (Hardback)
ISBN: 0 385 60102 6 (Hardback)

Blurb:

William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld's first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalists'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...

Comments by Terry:

"In The Truth, for example, the main characters are all new and the City Watch are all background characters. This makes it fun, I think, for old readers--we know how Vimes and Co. think, so seeing them from someone else's perspective gives a fresh twist."

"The Truth deals with the opening of Ankh-Morpork's first newspaper, whose reluctant editor has almost immediately to become an investigative journalist (and what is the truth? Will you know it when you see it? And what if it's the wrong kind of truth?). There are no "printers' devil" gags, but I'm rather pleased with King of the Golden River; people will have to read the book to find out what he does for a living."

-- Interview with Terry on Amazon.co.uk

"The Truth involves new characters as major characters, with hitherto major characters as minor characters. The Truth is a newspaper novel, and you always have to have the cops in a newspaper novel. So you see Vimes, but from someone else's point of view. Now, we know Vimes, and what a good lad he is, etc., yay. But seen from other people's points of view, and they might have different opinions of what civil liberties actually involve."

-- Interview with Terry in Science Fiction Weekly

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