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October 2021

This Much is True

Alexander McCall Smith


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t is 1938 and the final days of the British Empire. In a bungalow high

up in the green hills above the plains of Ceylon, under a vast blue sky,

live the Ferguson family: Bella, a precocious eight-year-old; her

father Henry – owner of Pitlochry, a tea plantation – and her mother

Virginia. The story centres around the Pavilion in the Clouds, set in

the idyllic grounds carved out of the wilderness. But all is not as

serene as it seems. Bella is suspicious of her governess, Miss White’s

intentions. Her suspicion sparks off her mother’s imagination and after

an unfortunate series of events, a confrontation is had with Miss White

and a gunshot rings off around the hills.

Years later, Bella, now living back in Scotland at university in St

Andrews, is faced, once again with her past. Will she at last find out

what happened between her Father and Miss White? And will the guilt she

has lived with all these years be reconciled by a long over-due apology?

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