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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Arthur Hailey - information

Here's the Wikipedia article on him:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Hailey

It accidentally points out one of the truths about popular fiction, which is that one of the reasons people read is to learn something, and if you can provide them with interestingly presented information, they'll snap it up. Hailey is an extreme case, but in general for this crowd the information trumps the story values.

Here's a puff piece from The Bahamas News, of all places:

http://www.thebahamasnews.com/stories/hailey.html

Here's another one. Six on one hand/half a dozen on the other which one is 'better', I guess:

http://www.abcbookworld.com/?state=view_author&author_id=6845

Fun facts about Hailey: the movie AIRPLANE! apparently owes something to an early work of Hailey's, though apparently there he played the scenario straight. And Hailey moved to the Bahamas to avoid paying taxes, which amusingly was skipped over in the Bahamas piece.

That looks to be about it, at least at first glance. Plenty of online obits, of course. Apparently Hailey was big in India. Who knew?

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