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01/07/2012

I was disappointed but not surprised when Britain's major bookstore chain WHSmith declined to stock my book. Firstly, because I wrote unflatteringly of the manager of their printing division, Hambleden Press, with whom I worked for a while. He stole an idea of mine and then claimed it as his own.

Second reason, and probably the more important one for rejection, was my revelations concerning the widespread corruption that existed between printers and print buyers in the 1960's and into the 1970's. Even her Majesty's Stationary Office was not free of this culture. Some buyers were earning more from their printers than they were being paid in wages by their employers. 

 

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