Truth or Fiction

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Headline, Oct 30, 2014 - Fiction - 192 pages
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A brilliant story of the secrets we keep.

Desmond Fitzmaurice is a mysterious literary giant of the thirties whom no one has seen for years. Caroline is a London journalist, and hasn't the faintest interest in going to Dublin to interview him. That his life story will feature 'lots of sex and some violence', as the old man claims, seems farcical. She'll stay for a couple of nights, extract what she can and try to make his life sound interesting. But in Desmond's quiet house, his quiet life, Caroline discovers much, much more than she bargained for...

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User Review  - nikon - LibraryThing

First time I've read any of her work. It was for me a something and a nothing story it seemed to promise enough to keep me reading but then failed and yet I kept thinking that there could have been so ... Read full review

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User Review  - whirligigwitch - LibraryThing

Written in Johnston's usual elegant, fluid and sparse style, without an extraneous word, but unfortunately ultimately disappointing. This novel lacked depth and passion. The characters were one ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Jennifer Johnston is one of the foremost Irish writers of her, or any, generation. She has won the Whitbread Prize (THE OLD JEST), the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS), the Yorkshire Post Award, Best Book of the Year (twice, for THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS and HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON?). She has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize with SHADOWS ON OUR SKIN.

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