The Truth Commissioner

The Truth Commissioner

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Henry Stanfield, the newly arrived Truth Commissioner, is troubled by his estrangement from his daughter, and struggling with the consequences of his infidelities. Francis Gilroy, veteran Republican and recently appointed government minister, risks losing what feels tantalisingly close to his grasp. In America, Danny and his partner plan for the arrival of their first child, happily oblivious to what is about to pull him back to Belfast and rupture the life they have started together. Retired detective James Fenton, on his way to an orphanage in Romania with a van full of supplies, will soon be forced to confront what he has come to think of as his betrayal, years before, of a teenage boy. In a society trying to heal the scars of the past with the salve of truth and reconciliation, four men's lives become linked in a way they could never have imagined. In a community where truth is often tribal and partial, the secret they share threatens to destroy what they have each built in the present. David Park pieces together these individual stories to create a powerful tale that transcends both time and place.
Moving, insightful and utterly involving, The Truth Commissioner is an important novel from one of Ireland's greatest writers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 38.1mm | 521.63g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747591296
  • 9780747591290
  • 959,409

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'Please don't let anyone tell you The Truth Commissioner is a post-anything novel. The importance of this magnificent book is the beauty of its writing, the mastery of its telling. David Park is a great writer, that's the truth.' Glenn Patterson Praise for Swallowing The Sun: 'It is hard to think of a more skilful contemporary Irish novelist. He shares with John McGahern a refusal of cheap flamboyance, with Dermot Bolger a sense of suppressed fury.' Joseph O'Connor, Guardian 'David Park has a cool and beautifully poised style that renders the most ordinary moments into perfectly measured prose a superb novel.' Dermot Bolger Praise for THE HEALING: 'The beauty of Park's work lies in the simplicity of the telling, the exquisiteness of his language and a blazing tension He is, one feels, interested in the truth.' Irish Independent
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About David Park

David Park has written six books, most recently the hugely acclaimed Swallowing the Sun. He was the winner of the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature and a twice winner of the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award. He lives in County Down, Northern Ireland with his wife and two children.
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170 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 12% (21)
4 45% (76)
3 34% (58)
2 5% (8)
1 4% (7)
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