Friday, February 08, 2008

There are no stories left to tell, surely?

A press release arrives, announcing the imminent publication of a book which is rather grandly trailing itself as "Amy Winehouse's first biography" - assuming, of course, you drop your standards to describe the book as a proper biography. While simultaneously discounting Nick Johnstone's Amy Amy Amy from last year.

It's an endeavour which has the slight taint of a disappointment they can't subtitle it 'the full story of her life' - indeed, the press blurb reprints the words of the Daily Telegraph about the man who assembled the book:

“Author Chas Newkey-Burden is unashamedly delighted by every new twist in Amy Winehouse's life.”

Clearly, John Blake Publishing views that as praise rather than a judgement.

And who is Mr. Newkey-Burden?
Chas Newkey-Burden is the author of Paris Hilton: Life On The Edge and Great E-mail Disasters. His next book - Not In My Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy - was co-written with Julie Burchill and is published in April.

Ah. A man who is playing the Tony Parsons role in the current version of the Burchill pantomime, and a Boswell to Paris Hilton as well as to Winehouse. One wonders how he finds the time.

Oh: could it be Google?


1 comment:

Simon said...

Oddly, unlike Amazon, no mention there of Newkey-Burden's long recent run of official books about Arsenal.

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