Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Piers Thrashes Dyke in Battle of Media Memoirs; LONDONER'S DIARY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Piers Thrashes Dyke in Battle of Media Memoirs; LONDONER'S DIARY

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COMPARE AND contrast. Piers Morgan's diaries, The Insider, have zoomed straight to the top of the hardback non-fiction best-seller list, selling 10,222 copies since its publication on 5 March. Greg Dyke's "explosive" memoirs, Greg Dyke: Inside Story, have shifted just 12,451 copies since its launch six months ago. Jon Snow's autobiography has done little better, selling 23,989 copies since publication in October.

The figures suggest Morgan might be worth the staggering [pounds sterling]1.2 million advance that he is said to have received from Random House, but what of the numerous mistakes his book contains? "I'm extremely grateful to all my journalistic colleagues for pointing out various errors," says Morgan, an Evening Standard columnist, this morning. "I'd like to thank them for saving me time and money on further proofreading."

Let's hope Random House boss Gail Rebuck can be bothered to correct some of the egregious howlers in future editions.

Meanwhile, over at rival publishers Harper Collins, the [pounds sterling]500,000 fee for Dyke's book and [pounds sterling]600,000 payment for Jon Snow's tome look like costly errors of judgement.

"Greg's book was incredibly exciting to publish," rallies Caroline Michel, head of HarperPress, HarperCollins' literary division, in the current Harpers & Queen business supplement. "And we made two-thirds of our advance back just through newspaper serialisations. It has kept on selling."

Auntie out of Africa

ON THE day that news breaks of plans for 1,500 extra job cuts at the BBC, the corporat ion's Corporate Social Responsibility Centre has bigger fish to fry.

They are splashing out on a conference entitled 'Africa 2015', in conjunction with City Hall, and have invited 500 delegates from across the world to attend today.

Keynote speakers at the event at The Guildhall, who include Bob Geldof, Peter Mandelson and Lord Puttnam, are discussing "a more sustainable, integrated and secure future for the diverse nations of Africa", and Senegalese musician Baaba Maal will close the conference.

The Beeb refuse to disclose any information on the budget for the notably New Labourfriendly event. …

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