Melina Marchetta

2nd March 2016: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Just a few things.

Firstly, I will be speaking at gleebooks, Glebe on the 15th of March at 6pm on a panel with Erin Gough, Will Kostakis, Chris Morphew and Felicity Castagna.

Secondly, based on some FAQ, my upcoming novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil (final title) will be released in Australia on the 1st of September by Penguin Books, and in the US on the 11 October by Little Brown, (Mulholland).  I’ve seen mock up covers from both camps which is very exciting. Below is a synopsis I found on the Amazon site. It’s always interesting to read a description of your work written by someone else.

PS. I stole the title words from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1. He stole them from Hugh Latimer. Hugh probably stole them from his mother.

In the wake of a devastating bombing, a father risks everything to find out who was responsible.

When Bish Ortley, a suspended cop, receives word that a bus carrying his daughter has been bombed, he rushes to be by her side. A suspect has already been singled out: a 17-year-old girl who has since disappeared from the scene.

The press has now revealed that she is the youngest member of one of London’s most notorious families. Thirteen years earlier, her grandfather set off a suicide bomb in a grocery store, a bomb her mother confessed to building. Has the girl decided to follow in their footsteps?

To find her, Bish must earn the trust of her friends and family, including her infamous mother, now serving a life sentence in prison. But even as he delves into the deadly bus attack that claimed five lives, the ghosts of older crimes become impossible to ignore.

A gripping fusion of literary suspense and family drama, TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is a fast-paced puzzle of a novel that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.