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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 February 2006, 12:41 GMT
'Winfrey author' admits falsehood
James Frey and Oprah Winfrey
Winfrey (r) had been a vocal supporter of Frey (l)
An author championed by US talk show host Oprah Winfrey has admitted he "embellished" his bestselling memoir about his battle with drug addiction.

Published in 2003, James Frey's book A Million Little Pieces saw its sales boosted after Winfrey named it her book club selection last September.

But he has since admitted parts of his story were altered or falsified.

All future printings of the work will include a publisher's note and a three-page note from the author.

The announcement follows an edition of Winfrey's talk show last Thursday that saw the TV star accuse the author of betraying his readers.

Having earlier labelled the charges against Frey as "much ado about nothing", Winfrey said she now felt "duped".

'Subjective truth'

In his note, which publisher Doubleday has posted on its website, Frey said the past few weeks have been "shocking for me, incredibly humbling, and at times terrifying".

But he defends his fabrications - which include inventing a three-month jail term, exaggerating encounters with law officials and distorting his role in a train crash that killed a high school classmate - as "subjective truth".

"I believe, and I understand others strongly disagree, that memoir allows the writer to work from memory instead of from a strict journalistic or historical standard.

"Ultimately, A Million Little Pieces is a story, and one I could not have written without having lived the life I've lived."

Earlier this week Frey's literary manager Kassie Evashevski said she no longer wished to represent him.

"In the last week it became impossible for me to maintain a relationship once the trust has been broken," she told the US journal Publisher Weekly.

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