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Publisher of memoir at centre of fact-or-fiction controversy 'satisfied' book is a truthful memoir

Geraldine Gittens

Published 20/04/2015 | 18:09

The publisher of a new memoir which is at the centre of a fact-or-fiction controversy has said it is satisfied that the book is a truthful memoir.

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Dublin-based publisher Liberties Press says it stands over the fact that Colin Carroll’s book “Numb: Diary of a War Correspondent” is non-fiction.

Carroll had told weekly Munster paper Avondhu back in 2010 that he was writing a novel called Numb, which was based on a London war journalist.

But last month, “Numb: Diary of a War Correspondent” was published by Liberties Press as a memoir.

The book is based on the diaries of English war correspondent Alan Bucky which exposed a shocking double life that included torture, rape and murder.

Publisher Sean O’Keeffe told Independent.ie today that he is aware of the 2010 interview indicating that "Numb" was initially written as a novel several years ago.

Mr O’Keeffe admitted certain shops in a major bookstore chain have begun stocking the book in the fiction section.

"We’re aware of [the story] but we stand over the book as a memoir. We first met Colin last October and got ready for publication over the winter, and it was published last month.”

Mr O’Keeffe said he spoke to a friend of Kay Buckby, Alan Bucky’s widow, before the book was published.

“We’re happy that what claims to be the case [is the case].”

The book's blurb claims that Buckby’s wife Kay discovered her husband's secrets in his diaries and notebooks. Working with a ghost writer, she reconstructed her husband’s real life, and this book is the result.

Mr O’Keeffe said he could not comment on the article written in Avondhu in 2010 because he had not read it.

“We’re happy to publish [the book]. It’s accurate.”

“The book has sold very well since it was published... It’s selling very well. We haven’t had any contact from bookshops to complain.”

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