Tuesday, May 02, 2006

When novelists get personal

Is all fair in love, war and novels? Peter Carey's wife, Alison Summers, thinks not, as she tells Anthony Barnes in The Independent.
Alison Summers believes, like a number of others, that passages in the book depicting a marital break-up are a thinly-veiled attack on her and part of an attempt to smear her following the couple's divorce nearly three years ago.

The phrase "alimony whore", repeated within the pages of Theft: A Love Story, has left her feeling "devastated" by Carey's version of events.

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