Friction over the facts: truth or fiction in publishing

<p>Suresh Ariaratnam</p><p>James Frey's memoir A Million Little Pieces has enjoyed a strong run of success on both sides of the Atlantic. Chosen by Oprah Winfrey last September for her book club, it was the second biggest seller of 2005 in the US, and has sold 75,000 copies in the UK. The harrowing account of Frey's helter-skelter life ("I am an alcoholic and I am a drug addict and I am a criminal") has won plaudits for the visceral quality of its writing and its redemptive message.</p><p>But a probe by investigative US website The Smoking Gun (TSG) revealed that elements of the book may jo...

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