Hodder withdraws 'plagiarised' novel

Hodder withdraws 'plagiarised' novel

Hodder & Stoughton is withdrawing the novel Assassin of Secrets by Q R Markham from sale, alongside its US publisher Little, Brown, after the announcement that the book contains "numerous plagiarised passages".

Assassin of Secrets had a formal publication date of tomorrow (10th November) in the UK, appearing under the Mulholland Books imprint.

A spokesperson for Hodder said: "We take copyright issues very seriously, as we do all aspects of the publishing process. We deeply regret having acquired a book for our list that we can no longer accept as an original work, and in partnership with Little, Brown we have acted immediately to recall the book from distributors and retailers."

The plagiarism story was unveiled in the US press, with cultural website Reluctant Habits publishing an article yesterday, demonstrating relevant paragraphs from the book and their original sources, including James Bamford's Body of Secrets, Charles McCarry's The Tears of Autumn and Raymond Benson's High Time To Kill.

Hodder said wholesalers and retailers should return the book for full credit, and asked any consumers who had purchased the book to return to the retailer to seek a refund.