Last updated: 4 october, 2010 - 12:51 GMT

Pulped fiction: The perils of publishing the wrong draft

Book cover image for Jonathan Franzen's Freedom

Freedom is Jonathan Franzen's fourth novel following his critically acclaimed The Corrections, published in 2001

The American author Jonathan Franzen discovered the wrong draft of his new book Freedom had been published in Britain, whilst reading an extract on a BBC TV programme.

The whole print run of 80,000 copies is being pulped except for 8,000 that have already been sold.

Sarah Broadhurst is a contributing editor to the publishing trade journal The Bookseller.

She begins by telling Felicity Evans how big a disaster this is for the author and publishers.

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First broadcast 4 October 2010

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