Otago Daily Times
January 16, 2001
Withdrawn Ellis book still listed
Christchurch: Canterbury University Press is
still promoting a book on the controversial Peter Ellis child-sex case that
it is no longer publishing after a fallout with the author.
The publisher's web site lists Dunedin
author Lynley Hood's latest book, A
City Possessed , among its new titles and allows readers to pre-order
The listing continues despite Canterbury University Press saying before
Christmas the book was about to be removed from the web site
Ms Hood confirmed in November that her book contract with the publisher had
been terminated. the publisher said at the time Ms Hood's manuscript exceeded
the length stipulated in her contract and she would not agree to cuts.
Ms Hood said she was astonished the publisher continued to list her book.
The publisher's managing editor, Mike Bradstock, said in late December
negotiations over the contract's termination were still being concluded.
He said the book was about to be taken off the web site and the publisher was
not taking any pre-orders.
"It's been a painful business for all concerned."
A University Press employee could not explain why the book was still listed
The New Zealand Society of Authors has complained to the University of Canterbury
about the publisher's continued promotion of the Hood book.
"They are advertising a book they have no intention of publishing. It's
odd, as well as misleading," said the society's national president Joan
"This is a very important book and Ms Hood is a well-respected and
Ms Hood said several other publishers have been interested in taking up her
Ellis was convicted in 1993 of abusing children in his care at Christchurch's Civic
He was released last February after serving two-thirds of a 10-year sentence.
Retired Chief Justice Sir Thomas Eichelbaum is investigating aspects of the