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Friday Book Club - 18 Feb 2011

To celebrate the news of a feature film of the book in the works, this week’s Friday Book Club pick is Peter Temple’s multi-award-winning novel, Truth.

At the close of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands in the bathroom of a luxury apartment high above the city of Melbourne. In the glass bath, a young woman lies dead, a panic button within reach.

Villani’s life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superior and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling.

Truth is a novel about a man, a family, a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit.

And it is about truth.

Last year’s winner of Australia’s most prestigious literary award, the Miles Franklin, Truth is a companion piece of sorts to the earlier masterpiece The Broken Shore. Our resources page has reading group notes for download, with questions to generate discussion in your groups. You can ask us questions on Facebook and Twitter, too—or just let us know what you think about this and other Text titles!