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1.0 out of 5 stars Author in search of an editor, 4 Jan. 2014
This review is from: As Luck Would Have It (Kindle Edition)
What has happened to our once great publishing houses? This autobiography by one of our finest and best loved actors is published by Harper Collins, a firm that I would have expected to produce better than this shoddy, cynical piece of work. The "Afterword and Acknowledgements" indicate that the book had been in preparation for seven years and that Garry O'Connor, its ghostwriter, had interviewed dozens of people during that period, presumably with the intention of producing a full biography. Did the publishers become impatient? Did someone at Harpers think it would be a great idea to cash in quickly on the success of Last Tango in Halifax? Who knows. But I strongly suspect the book is based entirely on an unedited transcription of tape recorded reminiscences by Jacobi, rushed into print without care or attention. No proof reading, no index, no fact checking, no second or third draft, no appendix listing his theatre, TV and film credits. Well, here's one member of the reading public who cares very much about omissions and errors, and who is becoming tired of books that reveal too clearly that some publishers are not doing their job properly.
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