27.04.09 Benedicte Page reporting in The Bookseller
Racing Post Books is rushing out a title Sir Clement Freud was working on when he died earlier this month. Freud On Course is a collection of the columns written by the journalist and broadcaster for the Racing Post and Sporting Life. Edited by Sean Magee, it will be published on the 5th June in hardback (£18.99).
James de Wesselow, m.d. of Racing Post Books, said Freud had been writing columns for the Racing Post, and before that Sporting Life, for over 10 years, and had actually been writing one of his regular pieces for the paper when he died at his desk, "mid-flow, half-way through a sentence".Freud had worked together with Magee to devise the structure for Freud on Course and most of the pieces selected to go in had been chosen before his death, said de Wesselow. He added: "The articles were fairly eclectic in subject matter. He wrote about racing, but he’d often branch out into other areas, and anything that had amused him that week. He was a very good raconteur and always ended each piece with a joke."