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IS HELLMAN TOO BUSY PLAYING THE FAME GAME?

LETTERS

Regarding Louis Hellman's review of An Architect's Guide to Fame (AJ 26.01.06).

Ouch, a rather sloppily written review! Hellman claims that Norman Foster, 'probably the most famous architect the world has ever known', is not featured in the book. But Stephen Bayley's foreword is spiked with references to Foster, and a quick look at the index reveals that there are three more entries in the main volume. Well, just one of a number of misses in this review.

Being accused by Hellman of sloppiness in this context is actually rather amusing.

On a slightly more serious note, should you not insist that reviewers have read a book cover to cover at least once - however famous the reviewers themselves might be - before they feel qualified to comment?

Torsten Schmiedeknecht, co-editor of An Architect's Guide to Fame, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool

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