Jac’s sisters think it a moot point that ‘Liz’ was owed an apology (as she claimed) considering how she has written of us after our first, brief mention of her on the Amazon site in February 2011, since when she has used that site to defame us with apparent impunity. Her attitude serves only to reinforce our view, and the style may be compared with that of comments made by ‘Melangell’, ‘My Sweet Waterfall’. ‘Rich’ and ‘Mark’. Some of those to whom we have referred in previous blogs.
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However, our concern is to show what an untruthful account of our sister’s life the author, Jim Perrin, has given in “West:”, and how he has promoted himself and his book. We have said that much of what he has written about her is flagrant exaggeration, vivid imaginings and (this we can prove) absolute lies.
It is our belief that by ‘manipulating’ the internet, as in our opinion he frequently does, he has used other names and e-mail addresses in order to enhance his ‘story’ and gain added credibility.
No amount of ‘smoke and mirrors’ though, can obscure the truth. “West:” contains many lies: the author was not entitled to call our sister his “lover, wife and friend of forty years”. We believe it was a deliberate falsification of the facts: it was sophistry and the most shocking dissimulation to have claimed it.
His grandiloquent words and his self-aggrandising lies (which we have proved them to be) are perpetuated by what, in our opinion, are many spurious reviews and comments and therefore is it any wonder that we should attempt to expose that element of his creative writing?
If ‘Liz’ wishes through her chosen ‘avenue’ (her word), Amazon, to plant the idea in readers’ minds that we are ‘trashing’ Jim Perrin, she is surely revealing more about herself than about ‘Jacssisters’ whose own ‘wish’ is to show the TRUTH to those same readers.
Jim Perrin said, in an interview in T.G.O. , in September 2010, “I don’t feel remotely ashamed of making an effort with my prose ……,” and the interviewer, Emily Rodway, told the reader that: “……part of Jim’s aim was to record truthfully the experiences of a life and of a relationship;” (referring to our sister, Jac). Would that it were true; and he should feel ashamed, to have written the lies he has about her. This author is, in our view, neither honest nor truthful where Jac is concerned.
His prose can be pernicious and he has, in places, written of her disgracefully: in our opinion this book contains much dross.
‘Llywarch’ (J.P?) wrote on Amazon, (6/10/10), ‘pathological guilt’ (as he did on p.6 of “West:”) and ‘venomous’ (as did ‘Liz’), and he said: “I’d urge readers to balance the tones of the two testimonies”, i.e. ‘his’ book and ‘Jacssisters’ blog, “and make their own minds up about the characters involved.” ‘He’ goes on to recommend reading – as usual, and in this case – ‘Cleese and Skinner’s “Families and How to Survive Them”.
We would be very pleased if readers were to compare the “two testimonies”: ours we could swear to. Incidentally we note that a comment by ‘Mac’, rather unflattering to Jim Perrin and posted on Amazon on 3/2/11, “disappeared” on 23/5/11.
It has been preserved by us in printed form and we will post it, for those who missed it, in a future blog.
NB: Our P.O. box No. for Private Eye is 373423, to be written on the envelope addressed
to: Private Eye, One New Oxford Street,
High Holborn, London, WC1A 1NU.