Agency brought to book is in a tizz

Last week the Diary brought to your attention a book about managing your work/leisure time from ad guru and occasional Iain Murray replacement, Winston Fletcher. This week it brings you a real page turner⦠No wait, the Diary didn’t mean turn the page, it’s only an in-depth feature on Carphone Warehouse anyway. That’s it, now read on.

Getting Even, the latest novel by Sarah Rayner, which comes out this week, caused a stir at a certain London agency when they got wind of it and, within hours, irate staff were vowing to boycott the book. The reason, it’s set in an ad agency and Sarah let it slip that it was loosely based on the agency where she used to work.

She says: “Before I knew it, I was getting e-mails talking of a boycott. It’s true the strapline for the novel is ‘revenge has never been such fun’ and there are parallels between the agency in the novel and the place where I used to work.”

One parallel is between the two people she worked with – pictured with Sarah at the launch – and characters in the book. Obviously they’re not boycotting it.

However Sarah should watch herself, the Diary has heard of this sort of thing before. Last time it was a book called the Devil’s Poems or something like that and a bloke called Salmon Rusty.

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