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This review is from: Secret State (Kindle Edition)
So this book was published on 12 October 2012, yet has reviews here going back 20 months?
But as a previous reviewer said, this is NOT the book of the new Channel 4 series, which was written by Robert Jones and not Chris Mullin. This is the book of A Very British Coup, itself a great book and a memorable TV series in the 1980s. And Amazon have added to this confusion by taking their customer reviews for the old book and attributing them to the new.
A work that is 'inspired' by another does not turn into it. West Side Story is not Romeo and Juliet with music and My Fair Lady is not Pygmalion. A similar misreprentation occurred with Bouquet of Barbed Wire, where the 1969 book was republished with the cover of the 2010 adaptation, despite the substantial changes to the story.
To protect themselves, the publishers have stated the true position in small letters on the top of the cover. But it remains highly misleading and ought to be withdrawn and not published under this title.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2012 13:14:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2012 13:20:06 GMT
Colin Williams says:
I haven't read the book, Secret State, or watched the Channel 4 TV programme with the same name but from what I've heard, they may well merit only 1 star, if any. However, as far as the DVD of "A Very British Coup" is concerned, it is as worthy of as many stars as I can see at night. Maybe the good people at Amazon could do something to ensure that people are able to view/comment on reviews based on the different products available rather than allowing a situation where a bad book can bring down the rating of a brilliant DVD?
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 14:49:10 GMT
Hen wraig says:
It's clear on the front of the book that it is the book that spawned the series; as it was clear when the series aired that it was based on the original book. Not sure what this review is getting at - the series was based on the book 'A very British Coup' and this is the book - where's the problem?
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