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Mountain of Lies?

Yet another author is accused of embellishing the truth in a non-fiction book – step forward Greg Mortenson, who it’s alleged exaggerated or distorted facts in his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and its sequel, Stones into Schools. Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes […]

Going Hyper

Secret prisoners… two weeks in jail for speaking to your lawyer… secret trials… where could this be?  Libya?  North Korea?  Stalinist Russia?  Not at all.  Say hello to the United Kingdom – in the age of the hyper-injunction!  Presented by Donna Ballman with Peter Cox and Andrew Gillman. Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe […]

A Town Called Sue

That’s what m’learned friends call London – A Town Called Sue – because it’s the libel capital of the world, where the courts have become casinos for the international rich and powerful to become… even more rich and powerful.  No book is published in Britain without much consideration being given to possible libel charges… and […]

Love & The Law Go Hand In Hand

Former President Jimmy Carter is sued by a pro-Israel group for writing a book they don’t like, with serious implications for all writers… how e-book royalty rates are screwing authors…  an under-the-table copyright grab by a major publisher… and on this Valentine’s day, how the law affects romance writing! Download the show as mp3 file […]

Fairy Erotica Takes Wings

As befits Valentine’s day, love and romance are our constant companions tonight – and who better to guide us through such tempestuous matters of the heart than Emma Shortt, whose most recent novel The Valentine’s Fae has just been published.  Writers’ therapist Dr. Susan O’Doherty is here, too – in case we need emotional untangling […]

Amnesia

“I have a question about issues of legal identity”, asks a Debriefer listener.  “If a character cannot remember who she is – and authorities are for whatever reason unable to discover her identity – what options are there…?” Great question – and a fascinating answer in this edition! Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe […]

Incitement

“Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly” advertised Giffords’ 2010 Congressional opponent Jesse Kelly… free speech or incitement to murder?  Plus…  authors entering the public domain this year… Amazon going Orwellian on us once again… and what happens after you kill off the parents? (in your plot, that […]

Apocalypse BBC

The BBC has provided the world – yes, the world – with outstanding radio drama for 75 years.  Yet as of the 1st of April 2011, the BBC’s World Service Radio Drama department is being completely axed – and shockingly, the BBC World Service will no longer broadcast any regular drama. This essential betrayal of […]

The Devil & Google Are Raging Inside Me

The e-book is barely with us, yet already it’s threatening to undermine the whole publishing edifice.  The news that Britain’s WH Smith and Amazon are apparently getting into a price war (Dan Brown at £2.78 from Smiths; Stieg Larsson at £2.68 from Amazon) is bad news for everyone – but particularly writers.  “Cheaper is not […]

Back With A Bang!

Our Summer break’s over and we’re back with a bang tonight – with panellists that include the writers’ therapist Dr. Susan O’Doherty from New York, award-winning author and broadcaster Philippa Ballantine from New Zealand, writer and marketing guru Jamie Mollart from England and writer, bookseller and one-woman multi-functional device Eve Harvey live and direct from […]