A racy read

Geoffrey Robinson's scepticism about Tom Bower and his motivation ("Pursued by a man with a mission", 9 April) may well be right. I was an early port of call for Bower when he wrote his books about Rowland, Branson and Fayed. Bower's books have become increasingly racy, and it seems to me that, as he has become more readable (and presumably "saleable" and therefore "profitable"), he has also become less objective. This may be because he was justly criticised in the early days for having a leaden style.

Brian Basham
London WC2

This article first appeared in the 23 April 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Blessed are the pure in heart