Home Truths

ISBN: 0140290133
ISBN 13: 9780140290134
By: David Lodge

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About this book

Adrian Ludlow, a novelist with a distinguished but slightly faded reputation, is living in semi-retirement with his wife, Eleanor, in an isolated cottage beneath the flight path of London's Gatwick airport. Their old friend from college days, Sam Sharp, who has since become a successful screenplay writer, drops by unexpectedly on the way to Los Angeles. Sam is fuming over a scathing profile of himself by Fanny Tarrant, one of the new breed of pugnacious interviewers, in that day's newspaper. Together, Sam and Adrian plan to take revenge on the journalist, though Adrian is risking what he values most: his privacy. What follows is unexpected and upsetting for all of them, including Fanny.David Lodge's delicious novella examines with characteristic wit and insight the tensions between private life and public interest in contemporary culture.

Reader's Thoughts

João Martins

Gostei. Mas não gostei tanto quanto o Duras Verdades ou o Morte em Surdina. Está muito bem escrito, como se espera do David Lodge, e o equilíbrio entre drama e humor é formidável. Porém, faltou impulso à história. Li este livro porque a escrita e os personagens instavam-me a querer saber mais sobre o que lhes iria acontecer. Não perdurará na memória como os outros do autor ainda perduram. E é pena.


i want to read it!!! now!!!


An evident adaptation of a play; it works despite the speeches. I enjoyd it, my thoughts drifting to Hitchens and his friends Ian and Marty.

Kris McCracken

David Lodge's Home Truths is a compact little farce. Essentially a set piece that explores a writer's responsibility to their talent, celebrity culture and the tendency towards mean-spirited 'attack' journalism.A decent read, but a pretty poor conclusion.

Jayne Charles

This novella is capable of being read in a single sitting – it took me no more than a few hours to whizz though it. Adapted from a screenplay, it retains the original’s reliance on dialogue and a limited number of scenes, as well as other style-related factors mentioned in the author’s afterword which made interesting reading. All in all it’s a mildly amusing (not laugh-out-loud) take on the hostile celebrity interview, and the ins and outs of being a writer. Despite its brevity it still makes some interesting points as well as raising questions, chief among which was: are people actually called Fanny anymore?


A quirky little novella, witty and as relevant as ever

Pierre Fortier

Pièce de théâtre d'un de mes auteurs préférés qu'il a transformé en une brève nouvelle qui se lit d'un trait. Lodge nous amène là où on s'en attend le moins avec bonhomie, candeur et intelligence. Du bonbon.

Frank Dahai

Worth a read for the nineties nostalgia (or is that sixties? It's one of those 'I grew up in the sixties and I wish we were all radical now but the wine is too good' kind of books. Nicely plotted but too close to the original stage material.


Ah the media: creating and destroying lives; making winners and losers, putting someone in the spotlight today, and turns the same person into 'no one' tomorrow!


Não creio que seja um grande livro- como diz o ditado português "nem é carne nem é peixe" ou seja não tem estofo para ser um bom romance, nem se trata dum documentário.Nota: Li a versão Portuguesa "Duras Verdades"


3.5 stars.Tabloid journalist ambushes (figuratively) insecure writer in deepest Sussex.


Another fantastic, funny Lodge book, this one about two old friends' attempt to take revenge on a journalist who wrote a nasty piece about the more famous of the two. This is based on Lodge's own play, and possibly the only criticism I could level at it is that it on occasion seems too play-y, with scene breaks and patches of prose that read like stage directions. Still, it's incredibly enjoyable; I'm loving Lodge a lot of late.

David Carter

Brilliant - simple, effective, an expert analysis of the human psyche....would loved to have seen the play from which this is derived...


A novella adapted by the author from his stage play. As always with this author, this was never less than enjoyable, but understandably much more contained and played on a smaller stage than usual. The author's afterword about the issues he faced in adapting a play into a prose piece is fascinating in itself. C


Novella adapted from a play, which explains why it's so punchy and zippy. Next to no prose, and absolutely no interiority of character, but short and pointed Lodge is much better than long winded and detailed and boring Lodge. Worthy use of a tiny portion of a day.

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