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The beast is back. In the week that Penguin produces its edition of The Irving Judgment (£7.99; proceeds to the Royal Marsden Hospital), disgraced historian David Irving has issued an "action report" to his backers from his Florida bunker. In court reports and a vainglorious "radical's diary", Irving puts his own spin on the Lipstadt libel trial. His bulletin seethes that Penguin's defence team "went to great pains to preserve a 'non-Jewish' image" in court. Maybe they should have had to wear the yellow star? The most curious part of this self-written fanzine comes when Irving reprints John Keegan's apologia for his career in the Daily Telegraph - complete with the paper's logo. Does Conrad Black approve of this link with the world's most famous Holocaust denier (section 13.95 of the judgment)?

The beast is back. In the week that Penguin produces its edition of The Irving Judgment (£7.99; proceeds to the Royal Marsden Hospital), disgraced historian David Irving has issued an "action report" to his backers from his Florida bunker. In court reports and a vainglorious "radical's diary", Irving puts his own spin on the Lipstadt libel trial. His bulletin seethes that Penguin's defence team "went to great pains to preserve a 'non-Jewish' image" in court. Maybe they should have had to wear the yellow star? The most curious part of this self-written fanzine comes when Irving reprints John Keegan's apologia for his career in the Daily Telegraph - complete with the paper's logo. Does Conrad Black approve of this link with the world's most famous Holocaust denier (section 13.95 of the judgment)?

* Two daughters are scheduled to have their say on famous fathers this autumn: Tina Sinatra remembers Frank in My Father's Daughter (Simon & Schuster), a memoir said to be "revealing, sometimes shocking". And Margaret Salinger will reflect on J D in Dream Catcher, from Washington Square Books. No UK publisher as yet, but with amazon.com it hardly matters.

* Harry Potter may have set the tills ringing, but his website offers little in the way of magic. More can be expected of the official Roald Dahl website. It will provide information on the author along with resource packs for teachers, and be used to create an online, worldwide Roald Dahl Club. Kabel New Media, the team behind the Peter Rabbit website, will do the creative work.

* The much-respected Morgan Entrekin, publisher of Grove/Atlantic, is to open a London office under the direction of Toby Mundy, now editorial director of Weidenfeld. Entrekin discovered a first novel called Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and, a decade earlier at Simon & Schuster, published American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. With US publishers all seeking an outpost of empire in Britain, and British publishers one in the US, pretty soon they'll have nothing to sell each other.

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