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The Truth

by Terry Pratchett

HarperTorch, 2001 [2000], ISBN 0-380-81819-1

A book review by Elisabeth Carey

William de Worde, cast-off younger son of a noble family, supports himself writing a monthly newsletter for a small but distinguished clientele--until he hooks up with dwarves who have built a printing press. Suddenly, he's publishing the Ankh-Morpork Times, Discworld's first newspaper, and acquiring all sorts of friends and enemies he never dreamed of having. Some of those enemies are on behalf of the newspaper itself-- the engravers don't like it that he's linked up with their natural rivals. Others are after him because his eager pursuit of facts for his newspaper is a threat to their scheme to replace the Patrician, Lord Vetinari, with someone more convenient. As one edition of the Ankh-Morpork Times says on the masthead, "The truth will make you fret." (Other editions assert, "The truth will make you free", and "The truth will make you Fred." Very enjoyable.

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