Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Simon Cowell's Sweet Revenge: 'Unauthorised' - in a sense

'This book is not written by me. It is unauthorised. The writer is Tom Bower,' tweets Simon Cowell. 

Yes, but it is apparent from the text published in the newly socialist Sun - which is milking Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell quite brilliantly - that Simon (aka Jubilee's Borgia Ginz) granted generous access to his thoughts and experiences that include intimate episodes only he and AN Other (usually one of his paid-off and presumably 'gagged' exes) could have furnished. 

Simon is even thanked in the text for his cooperation - this does not make the book authorised. But then again I notice that the word 'unauthorised' is not to be found on Bower's cover.

In an interview with the Camden New Journal of Jan 5, 2011, the reporter noted: 'The biography, due out in May [2012], is the result of hundreds of hours of unprecedented access to Cowell, plus direct contributions from his many supporters and rivals.'

Bower sat in on Cowell's various TV talent shows and doubtless shared mugs of tea with his subject.

On the other hand, Bower says: 'Cowell will not read the manuscript before publication - it is in that sense an unauthorised biog. He has no copy approval.'

I love the finessing 'in that sense...'. Tells us everything really about this 'unauthorised' must-read.


Jonathan King said...

Bower did four hours with me and was actually NOT disappointed that I had only good things to say about Simon. Mind you, I was nasty about Waxie Maxie.

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you JK. How did you find Bower?

Jonathan King said...

He was OK - a bit defensive as I assumed he wanted to be negative about Simon but he didn't press for anything nasty and genuinely appeared to feel that everyone he'd interviewed said Cowell is a good guy. I shall be perusing the book on Friday.