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Tim Blair

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Tuesday, July 27, 2004
 
HERE IS A PRECEDENT too good to waste.

Author Norma Kkouri wrote some best-selling fiction that claimed to be non-fiction. Now
she is disgraced and those who bought her book are entitled to get their money back. The publisher has volunteered refunds, and the Trade Practices cops are threatening enforcement.

Author Henry Reynolds wrote some
best-sellling fiction that claimed to be non-fiction. Now he continues in employment to write more of the same. The publisher of The Law of the Land, Penguin, refuses to distance itself from its erring author, whose Human Rights Award for the same book will no doubt be allowed to stand.

But shouldn't we be able to claim refunds on those embarrassing shelves full of Reynoldian fictions?