The publisher of my last book was Weidenfeld and Nicolson, which is owned by Orion Publishing. Today it was reported that Orion has paid an advance of 150,000 pounds to drug addict musician Pete Doherty for his memoirs. They might just as well have cut out the middle man and delivered him a sack full of white powder. Who on earth believes Pete Doherty is physically or mentally capable of writing a sentence let alone a book? The only sentence he is capable of writing is a death sentence - his own. Perhaps Orion executives might contemplate what message this sends out to impressionable teenagers as well as its own authors.