Archive for February, 2008

Review of the Year: Top memoirs, or remainders of the day?

They flashed their cheque books at the London Book Fair towards the few celebrities still in need of a ghostwriter: Keith Richards was asking for £2 million and reportedly got three, though Jamie Oliver went for less.
As Harry Potter fever reached a pitch, the only distraction in May was news that Tony Blair was hawking his story around as he prepared to step down as Prime Minister. Never one to undersell himself, a £5 million price tag was placed on it. A stand-off developed between Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins and the German-owned Random House. In the end, Random won, no doubt aided by the fact that its chairman, Gail Rebuck, is a family friend — that and a £4.6 million advance.