This raises an interesting question. What happens if you buy an autobiography in good faith and it turns out the author is a liar and a cheat? Can you get your money back?
According to the BBC News website disgruntled purchasers of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s autobiography are demanding a refund in the courts.
It seems Armstrong’s titles are only not the only books which have faced legal action due to economies of the truth. Some cases have been thrown out of court by the judges but in the Armstrong case experts think the publishers, Penguin, will settled out of court.
Whatever happens is does raise a serious question of the intrinsic value of autobiographies? Are they just works of fiction after all?