Pandora: Fallon's biography is given a second airing
Wednesday 19 August 2009
More than a year after it was withdrawn from bookshops, Andrew Longmore's controversial biography of racing jockey Kieren Fallon is once again to see the light of day.
Pandora hears that the journalist, whose original work prompted an unseemly legal row between Fallon's lawyers and the publishing house Orion, has managed to secure a deal with the Racing Post to distribute a revised edition of the work, Kieren Fallon – The Biography of the Controversial Jockey.
Fallon took exception to Longmore's book the first time around after it repeated allegations made in the News of the World that he had supposedly assaulted fellow jockey Stuart Webster during an altercation in the weighing room.
This time, we're told that no such claims will be included. "I've taken out the whole third chapter which dealt with that, brought several bits up to date, and re-written the final chapter," says Longmore. "Kieren knows it's coming out again, and he's been kind enough to let me speak to some of the people from his childhood."
No doubt the deal will come as some relief to racing enthusiasts. When the tome was withdrawn, it was widely feared that it wouldn't be republished.
"It's worked out well," a Racing Post spokesman confirms. "There was the feeling that after that first experience it wouldn't be coming out: once bitten, twice shy."
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