Why Alastair Campbell turned down the money
Alastair Campbell has a great line in a waspish article in The Daily Telegraph today on the virtues of keeping a diary rather than writing a memoir based on hazy recollection. Just in case we were unsure to whom he was referring, he corrects a point of detail in Peter Mandelson’s The Third Man, serialised in The Pay Wall Times this week.
Campbell says he agonised about selling the serial rights to his diaries when the first, edited version was published three years ago:
I called my agent Ed Victor and asked him to pull the plug on the large deal he had been negotiating for my diaries. I am not criticising those who do, but I worried about ceding to others the way the book was portrayed. Ed took my news as well as could be expected for someone on 15 per cent of any deal struck.
This week, those reasons suddenly became clear to Campbell’s agent. Campbell reports that Victor has emailed him:
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I assume your worry was that they would make you wear a cravat.
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