I recently purchased (as a birthday gift for a friend) Rupert Everett's autobiography "Red Carpets and other banana skins" in which he writes about the funeral of Paula Yates. "The pallbearers, big-fingered Mafioso types, lumbered from their seats and picked up the coffin as Paula broke into a final chorus and her physical remains left the church to be burnt at the crematorium."
This was not as I remembered the event at all. What is equally surprising is the perhaps more important detail - the date! He prefaced the above remarks with the following "One October morning in 1997 the phone rang - it was Bob, ’Paula’s dead,’ he said, ‘and you’ve got to come and read a poem at the funeral. She wouldn’t forgive you if you don’t.’
[Chapter 14 Pages 132 - 134]As I read this I realised that the funeral had taken place not in the October of 1997 but on September 23rd 2000 (as the many newspapers testify) There would certainly be no other reason for my photo on the cover of Hello magazine in October 2000! This is all a nonsense of course. What is however interesting to note is that in reviews of the book in various newspapers other inacuracies have come to light. Presumably at Little Brown Book Group proof-reading does not include checks for factual accuracy!