Having sold almost all of my motor-racing and speed-record books and memorabilia some years ago - as related in an earlier post - in order to raise funds for the Quicksilver project, I am not likely to be going out and spending money on this one.
However, a few words of sympathy for the author, whom I do not know from Adam, with respect to the proof-reading issue. Having been an author and publisher for the majority of my professional life, I know only too well of the perils of literals and other errors creeping in. It is essential to have a proof-reader, and ideally also an editor, to read through what is written very carefully indeed, and either make or suggest amendments.
But, even in these circumstances, errors can still slip through. Even when I was writing books for the world's largest publisher of transport titles, an American company, errors would sometimes creep in - despite the efforts of a proof-reader and an editor.
And it isn't always a comfortable case of having someone else to blame when a literal or other error made its way onto the printed page. Sometimes it would be my own fault, pure and simple, and there was nobody to blame but myself.
Of course, the bigger and glossier and more expensive the book, the worse the literals and other errors look.
Of my own books, the ones I tend to like the best, in retrospect, are the ones with the least errors!
As far as the other point I'd like to make, it concerns the matter of Ken Norris being referred to as a "consultant" on the Quicksilver project. This is, as I have said before on this forum, utter idiocy. To be fair to the author, though, he probably picked up duff gen from the same source, or sources, that the other duff gen on this subject emanated from. But instead of picking up duff gen, he should have picked up the telephone and asked me for the facts, instead of speculating aimlessly.
For the first two years or so of the project, there was no-one else involved but Ken and I, so who - or what - was Ken "consulting" to? Was he, perhaps, consulting to me? If so, to do what exactly? I was not then, and am not to this day, either a boat designer or an aerodynamicist or even an engineer, so who was the boat's designer? My cat, perchance? Or could it have been my gardener, possibly? Or perhaps it was the lady across the road.
I repeat, for the sake of the historical record, that the Quicksilver project came about when I learned that Ken Norris had an idea for a new boat, so I joined forces with him in November 1988 to produce it. It was Ken's concept - the "flying-wing boat," as I call it - that we got together to produce, and as I have stated before, it sadly didn't work as advertised and we dropped it and moved on to other ideas he had for boat designs.
As early as 1991, Ken and I formed Quicksilver (WSR) Ltd. as joint 50-50 shareholders.
And Ken remained a major shareholder, jointly with me, until the day he died - some 14 years later, in 2005.