DIARY: Inside every great PR agency, there’s a thriller just trying to get out

Diary readers may remember David Michie’s novel Conflict of Interest, a thriller set in the world of PR, which provides hours of ’guess who, don’t sue’ fun speculating on the real-life agencies and individuals who inspire the action.

Diary readers may remember David Michie’s novel Conflict of

Interest, a thriller set in the world of PR, which provides hours of

’guess who, don’t sue’ fun speculating on the real-life agencies and

individuals who inspire the action.



Now Penny Vincenzi’s latest ’sex and shopping’ novel Almost a Crime

explores the world of public affairs. Vincenzi happens to be an old

friend of Fishburn Hedges director Sue Stapely, who assisted the

best-selling author on factual accuracy, with regard to the fictional

agency and staff.



Stapely welcomes readers to speculate about the inspiration behind the

main character. ’He runs a public affairs consultancy, and isn’t

entirely faithful to his wife - it doesn’t narrow the field much,’ she

says. Fishburn Hedges staff had the chance to grill Vincenzi on the

subject last week, as she was the speaker at the agency’s monthly book

club.



However, Stapely, whose own book Media Relations for Lawyers still sells

after four years, says that staff, including herself, were more

interested in quizzing Vincenzi on how to make a fortune writing

best-sellers.



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