The Truth and Other Lies

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Counting the days to Sydney Writers Festival

PileofBooksAs with travel, a great deal of the pleasure of book festivals lies in the planning. Hours can be whiled away pouring over brochures or web sites, drawing up timelines and bemoaning a clash of favorites. And as the almost final decisions take place there is that delightful frisson of anticipated pleasure followed by a flurry of preparatory reading.

Sydney Writers Festival, which kicks off next week, has grown from a rather modest, largely parochial affair, to a weeklong extravaganza with such variety of offerings that have earned it an international reputation. Although there are sessions spread around the city the main venue is the Walsh Bay precinct with its awesome outlook over Sydney Harbour. There is a constellation of internationally recognised guests from Australia and

The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango, amoral hero but a belting good read

the-truth-and-other-liesHenry Hayden is a hugely successful author. Rich, popular, generous and living an idyllic life in a mansion in the country with his wife while his publisher awaits his latest tome which he knows will be another mega seller. Only Henry isn’t exactly what he seems. To complicate matters, although he loves his wife, he’s been having an affair with his editor and she’s now pregnant.

Henry wants to do the right thing. But can’t exactly decide what that is. Then tragically his wife disappears in a freak swimming accident. The police are suspicious. And a mysterious person from his past suddenly appears on the scene. Is he about to reveal Henry’s dirty little secret? Should Henry come clean first? Can his crazy Serbian fisherman friend can do anything about it. Does he?

The Truth and Other Lives is the debut novel by German writer Sascha Arango who is


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