Reader gets refund after finding 45 factual errors in Sir Alex Ferguson's book

Nov 19, 2013, 19:03 IST | Agencies

Publishers Hodder and Stoughton offer refund to reader who complained of 45 factual inaccuracies in the 402-page book

Publishers of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography have agreed to refund a customer after multiple inaccuracies were found in the book.

According to the UK tabloid Mirror, Fergie's second account of his life, entitled 'My Autobiography', became the UK's fastest-selling non-fiction book since records began, shifting 115,547 copies in its first week on sale.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson

However, eagle-eyed readers have spotted as many as 45 factual errors in the 402-page account, which has prompted publishers Hodder and Stoughton to offer to reimburse one disgruntled customer, the report said.

Hodder and Stoughton CEO Jamie Hodder-Williams is said to have replied by email to the customer in question, offering a full refund in exchange for the return of Ferguson's autobiography, the report added.

Among the inaccuracies in Ferguson's account of the latter half of his 26-year Old Trafford reign is the age of Ryan Giggs when he made his Manchester United debut – the book says the Welshman was 16, when in fact he was 17.

Other errors which have made the cut are the years that Roy Keane served with the club – Ferguson said it was 11, but it was 12, the year United became a Plc – 1990 not 1991, the year he got his pacemaker fitted – it was 2004, not 2002, and even who he sold Dutch defender Jaap Stam to – the manager said it was Roma, but it was actually Lazio.

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