Discontented readers are seeking $5m compensation for buying untruthful accounts of cyclist’s career sold as non-fictionMemoirs are always partly an attempt on the part of the author to portray themselves in the best light, but in the case of Lance Armstrong a group of California book buyers is testing in court whether its acceptable for writers to lie outright. They are asking for $5m (£3.2m) to compensate them for buying books by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong which they thought told his true story, when in fact much of what was written later turned out to be mendacious.The doping scandal that engufled Armstrong prompted John Crace to ask if his books be rebranded as fiction. Penguin Group, which published It’s Not About the Bike in 2001, and Random House, which put out Every Second Counts in 2003, moved to strike out the US lawsuit, arguing that the books and related marketing materials are not “commercial speech”, and are therefore protected under the First Amendment. They also pointed out that the group of consumers failed to identify specific lies which they relied on when purchasing the books, the American Lawyer reported. In 2000, It’s Not About the Bike became a New York …read more

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