“Jordan killing publishing industry with her book”

Friday, October 23, 2009

LONDON - In an outburst against the growing trend of celebrity novels, Lynda La Plante, the doyenne of crime fiction, has hit out at glamour model Katie Price, a.k.a Jordan, insisting she’s terrible thing for young girls.

The comments from La Plante, who has written best-sellers including Above Suspicion and the scripts for television series such as Prime Suspect, which starred Dame Helen Mirren, raised eyebrows at The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in Mayfair, where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“Publishers, stop spending your millions on this tripe,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying.

“The publishing industry is going to implode. They can’t pay the millions to these celebrities. If we don’t cut through the dross, this trite tripe… these reality TV writers who are here for their 15 minutes of fame.

“Katie Price’s book outsold the Booker Prize list. She’s a terrible thing for young girls who just want pink welly boots,” she added.

The awards ceremony was attended by Martine McCutcheon, the former EastEnders actress, whose debut novel, The Mistress, is published next month.

McCutcheon’s authorial skills have been roundly trashed since the first chapter of her debut novel was posted online by publisher Pan Macmillan recently.

But that was to be nothing compared to the critique handed out by author La Plante.

La Plante said: “I have nothing against Martine McCutcheon, but who knows what she was paid.” (ANI)

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