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1.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy work, 27 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Michael Foot: A Life (Hardcover)
Kenneth Morgan's bibliography lists me as Clyde Rollyson, not correctly as Carl Rollyson. He lists my book as TO BE A WOMAN and leaves off the important subtitle, A LIFE OF JILL CRAIGIE (Michael Foot's wife). He lists the publisher of my book as Ashgate. The publisher is, in fact, Aurum Press. Worst of all, he appropriates the story of Foot's affair with "Lamia" recounted in full detail in my book, TO BE A WOMAN, without even citing my book. Indeed he provides no source at all, not even an interview with Michael Foot, who I interviewed extensively for my book. The press has given Mr. Morgan credit for a story that is not his, and I can see why, since he does not acknowledge my work.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2010 21:53:16 GMT
How comes his book has sold more than yours?

Posted on 4 Aug 2010 10:56:19 BDT
The Penguin says:
I should bring it up with the author - as your comment looks rather like sour grapes based on book sales (as has been mentioned) - perhaps the errors would then be corrected in a subsequent edition.
Taken as a whole, the book is far from sloppy; but; rather a masterwork on a man able to polarise opinion for anyone with political interest between the 1930s and 1990s

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2011 09:09:34 BDT
Often, even very good books contain spelling errors and citation mistakes. Although sometimes these are errors made by the author - and unnoticed in the editing process - it is also true that the editing process itself can be less than perfect, which is what I suspect has happened here. Whatever the case, these unfortunate errors have given you a platform to advertise your own book, on a review about someone else's.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2015 21:57:59 BDT
Are you really suggesting the quality of a book should be based on sales? And what book do you refer to anyway? I haven't published a biography of Michael Foot (not yet).

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2015 21:59:47 BDT
Quite aside from the errors, this book fails to credit someone else's research. I don't need this platform to advertize my work. But that is a bonus, I grant you.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2015 22:01:42 BDT
I agree. Some of my best books have had errors--even ones I corrected but for various reasons did not reach print. But I think getting the author's name wrong, the title incomplete, and not crediting the author's research is cause for a little more than just sour grapes.
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