Friday, 11 June 2010
I have been asked to put the following clarification on my website:
“In the first edition of Victoria Coren’s book, “For Richer for Poorer, A Love Affair with Poker” she refers to a tattoo that Kate Szeremeta, a fellow poker player, has as showing “Ben Elton’s face tattooed in four colours across her stomach.” In fact, the tattoo is a heart shaped tattoo (the size of a £2 coin) with Ben Elton’s name written across it above her hip. We apologise for the fact that Kate Szeremeta’s tattoo was incorrectly described and are happy to put the record straight.”
The book is available here - but please bear in mind, should you get hold of a copy from the original print run, that it will include this erroneous description, based on a mistake in my memory from ten years ago. Kate Szeremeta does NOT have a tattoo of Ben Elton’s face. It is of his name in a heart. It is NOT on her stomach. It is above her hip. I apologize unreservedly for the hurt, anger, distress and offence taken at my memory lapse, and for all the trouble and expense that ensued from it. I thought Kate was a friend of mine and would never intentionally have done anything to upset her. I’m sorry. If you wait for the paperback, there will be no reference to Kate Szeremeta at all. I hope everything is now very clear.