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Philip Kerr hits back after bad reviews

2nd June 2010

Philip Kerr has hit back at fellow author Allan Massie after his novels were disparaged by the historian in a pair of online reviews.

Kerr has described Massie's latest book, The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain, as 'a slab of cheesy prose from a crappy old novel'.

He claimed that Massie's book was 'hopelessly outdated' and went on to list a number of supposed factual errors contained within the new historical work.

In his 813-word review, Kerr admitted that his vitriol was a result of two scathing reviews of his own work posted on the internet by Massie.

He claimed: 'For the first review I say good luck to him. If he didn't like my book, then that's fair enough.

'He should however, have excused himself from reviewing me a second time. In my opinion that's bad manners.'

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Massie said that he was amused by the fact Kerr had taken umbrage at his reviews.

Massie's reviews related to Kerr's two most recent books.

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