THE COURAGE of BBC TV sportscaster Helen Rollason cannot fail to impress. Diagnosed with terminal cancer last year, she has conceded no quarter to the illness and works regularly. She's now writing a memoir, having been signed up by Hodder's Roddy Bloomfield, editor of Dickie Bird and Sir Alex Ferguson. Rollason's publication date gives her yet another goal: spring in the new millennium.
WHAT'S described as "the single most important archive of Charles Dickens papers" this century comes up for sale at Sotheby's later this month. It has been handed down in the Dickens family and includes publishing agreements annotated by the novelist, which provide vivid backgrounds to the writing and publication of The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, among other novels. The material reveals bitter fallings out between author and his publisher, Chapman & Hall, as Dickens fought to receive remuneration to match the success of his work. His battles made it possible for an author to retain a continuous share of the profits from his writing. There are 28 lots, and the most significant are expected to fetch pounds 200,000.Reuse content