Fashion book dropped in US

Former Times fashion writer Emily Davies has been dropped by her US publisher following accusations of 0plagiarism (Press Gazette, 31 March).

Scribner Publishing, which paid a reported $900,000 advance for her memoirs, How to Wear Black, has pulled out after accusations were made that part of the proposal was plagiarised.

Davies, who was dismissed by The Times last year following an invesitgation into alleged expenses irregularities, was also the subject of complaints by fellow journalists over some of her work.

A spokeswoman for UK publisher Random House, which is standing by her, said: “It is important to note that this was an initial and indicative proposal for publishers only and not a section of the final manuscript.

“Emily has stated that the incident was an honest error. We are investigating and discussing the matter with our author. At this stage we have no reason to doubt that the final manuscript will be wholly original.”

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