The Truth

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The Truth
Cover of the Collector’s Library edition of The Truth
2016 Collector’s Library edition
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (Corgi)
Stephen Briggs (Isis)
Mathew Baynton (Penguin)
Cover artistJosh Kirby
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Preceded byThe Fifth Elephant 
Followed byThief of Time 

The Truth is the twenty-fifth Discworld book. It’s a standalone novel set in Ankh-Morpork and introduces a new cast of characters who start Ankh-Morpork’s first newspaper, The Ankh-Morpork Times. The characters William de Worde, Sacharissa Crisplock and Otto Chriek go on to make cameo appearances in many of the subsequent Discworld novels set in the city.


‘A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on’

William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld's first newspaper.

Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist'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...

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2019-04-23 Radio Morpork “All the Patrician’s Men (and Dwarves and Trolls and Women)”
2020-10-15 The Death of Podcasts “The Truth”
2021-03-28 Wyrd Sisters “The Truth”
2021-04-08 Pratchat “Truth, the Printing Press and Every -ing”
2021-11-07 Desert Island Discworld “Ali Plumb and The Truth”
2022-01-25 The Compleat Discography “The Truth”
2022-07-10 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Does Not Register As Human Noises” (1/3)
2022-07-17 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Eau-De-Zero” (2/3)
2022-07-24 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Why, Oh Why” (3/3)
2022-08-09 Who Watches the Watch “Crabs in my Slop Bucket” (1/3)
2022-09-07 Who Watches the Watch “Deep Bone” (2/3)
2022-10-03 Who Watches the Watch “We Can't Handle The Truth” (3/3)
2022-11-02 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “The Truth”
2023-08-17 Fiction Fans “The Truth by Terry Pratchett”
2023-12-26 Disc Coverers “The Truth”

Other appearances

Episodes where there's significant discussion of the book, but it's not the focus of the episode.

Date Show Episode External link
2016-02-01 The Pratchett Podcast “EPISODE40”

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