The Unwitting Autobiographer
Posted by: Keir Graff
Okay, so most Americans won’t have heard of Pete Bennett, winner of the English reality-TV show, Big Brother. And it seems highly unlikely that HarperCollins will release his book, Pete: My Story, in the U.S. But I can’t resist an article with the title “My book? I haven’t read it yet.”*
How did he write the book? “This posh geezer came over and asked a load of questions. WANK! And I had to answer them.” How long did it take? “A whole week! WANK! Yeah. WANK! I’m tired, man.” That’s the lovely thing about Pete – he tells it as it is. Is it weird being an author? “I’m not really, it was some geezer with a Dictaphone. Ehehehehe! WANK!” He’d love to discuss the book in detail, there’s only one problem – he hasn’t read it yet.
This long, somewhat troubling article may not represent the first time that the “author” of a ghostwritten autobiography has been surprised to learn what he’s written about himself, but it’s definitely one of the most extreme examples of that syndrome.
*Bennett has Tourette’s, and just swears in general, and his profanity has been faithfully transcribed, so if you’re offended by that sort of thing, well, you’ll be offended.