Friday, March 22, 2019

"Author Who Once Faked Being British, Nominated for British Book Award"

If you’ll recall, [the author] was outed as a pathological liar in an investigation published by The New Yorker earlier this year. There’s some delicious irony in his being nominated for a British Book Award: One of his many fabrications was a British accent, which he adopted for a period of time despite being born and raised in the U.S. One colleague explained this bizarre tick to The New Yorker as “a grown man walking around with a fake accent that everyone knows is fake,” adding that the “habit lasted for years.” But it’s a rather trivial sin alongside his other lies, which were about having cancer and the deaths of various family members.