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Complainant Name:
Mr Harry Eyres

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Observer


Mr Harry Eyres complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a review of his book which included a number of inaccuracies in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The article incorrectly stated that he thought "impatiently ahead" to the day when his partner would cease to breathe, when his book had in fact said that he dreaded such a day. The review had also incorrectly said that he had claimed to be a "scion of ‘the Catholic aristocracy'" which he had in fact written that the "blood of true-blue Catholicism ran nowhere in my veins".


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction:

A review of Harry Eyres's latest book, Horace and Me: Life Lessons From an Ancient Poet, referred to the author's partner as a financial journalist. She is a foreign correspondent. The author has asked us to make clear that the statement: "Eyres himself, he informs us, is a scion of 'the Catholic aristocracy'" is a misquotation and that he actually said "the blood of true-blue Catholicism ran nowhere in my veins" ("Tipsy travels with a poetic Latin lover", New Review, last week, page 38).

It subsequently published the following apology:

A review of Horace and me: life lessons from an ancient poet (New Review, 7 July, page 38) maintained, in an attempt at humour, that author Harry Eyres was thinking "impatiently" of the day his partner's breathing would cease. Mr Eyres thinks nothing of the kind. We apologise to him and to his partner, Ching Ling.

Date Published: 27/09/2013

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