Meanwhile, the writing and publishing world hold their breaths while the Random House authors slug it out in the High Court. David Barrett, an author of books on religion and a journalist who is reporting on the case told The Age:
"The implications are massive. ... If Baigent and Leigh win — and I think they do have a strong case — then writers are going to have to be a lot more careful."Apparently, a victory for the plaintiffs would "overturn the accepted rules of writing and publishing" and novelists such as Michael Crichton and Julian Barnes, who have written novels based on historical events, "could be exposed".
Now I thoroughly enjoyed Barnes' Arthur and George and had not questioned the validity of the historical fact until I read Walker's take on the book the other day. Let me now eat my words about it being "meticulously researched"!
(How strange though that if an author sets a novel in Malaysia and gets the facts wrong or chooses to ignore them, I'm immediately screeching with righteous indigination! There's just no consistency in me!)