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S&S investigates memoir claims
24.06.13 | Joshua Farrington
Simon & Schuster is consulting with the Imperial War Museum following accusations that a Second World War memoir it plans to publish contains invented stories.
The publisher signed Joe Corry's book 005: Ian Fleming's Last Agent in an auction last December, acquiring British and Commonwealth rights from Sallyanne Sweeney at Watson Little.
It said the book contained dramatic incidents which saw Corry neutralising Nazi scientists working on V1 rockets, and working alongside James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
However, historian Guy Walters who saw the manuscript, raised questions in the press this weekend about the authenticity of the material.
Simon & Schuster editorial director of non-fiction Mike Jones said: "It was brought to our attention a couple of weeks ago. As we do in many cases with books like this, we decided to have an expert read it. We have a good relationship with the Imperial War Museum, so they have helped us to work with someone who specialises in the area. If it is proved that some of it is not good enough, we will have to make a decision on it then."
The book, co-written with Keith Laidler, is due for publication in March 2014. The Daily Mail reported that the book was previously self-published; however, Jones said the book came to them as a proposal and was written from scratch for publication.
Sweeney has yet to respond to a request for comment.