Sunday, November 26, 2006

April Ashley book pulped!

I am horrified to learn that remaining copies of April Ashley's autobiography The First Lady (written with the hack Douglas Thompson and published last May by John Blake) have had to be pulped following a plagiarism row.

Writer Duncan Fallowell discovered that it was a little too similar to his own 1982 book on the transsexual star, April Ashley's Odyssey.

Mr Fallowell informs Madame Arcati: "I've been involved in a legal case re the new April Ashley book - two thirds of which I discovered - to my astonishment - is a straight reprint of the one I wrote. John Blake Publishing, after lots of bluster, have now agreed that there is no alternative but to cancel The First Lady - remaining stock will be pulped."

Perhaps someone should tell Amazon.co.uk which is carrying a Christmas offer for The First Lady. More to follow I'm certain.

2 comments:

Mark said...

John Blake is a Charlatan and a shyster, be aware that he will lie in court and trades under different companies.

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mike alloway said...

I have read three books published by John Blake (including First Lady). They were all badly edited, full of spelling errors and badly written. I will no longer read anything by this publishing house.