Books: John Carlin on Oscar Pistorius

2014-12-31 10:38

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John Carlin: First the thing about this book, which it had in common with journalism, is that it had a deadline. I was told by my various publishers that I had to have the book handed in within a month of the end of the trial. I didn’t have the scope to go for long walks in the Pyrenees finding my soul or something, you know, so I just sort of got on with it. I’d sit at my desk with no particular sort of routine except that I would work seven days a week. I had lots of false starts with many thousands of words thrown in the dustbin and even when I was well into the book I decided that actually the first chapter was wrong and so what was previously the third chapter became the first chapter and so on and so on…

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