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Scribe acquires book on Belle Gibson cancer hoax

Scribe has acquired world rights to The Woman Who Fooled the World, a book on the Belle Gibson cancer hoax by Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano, the Fairfax journalists who broke the story.

The book will cover the events of 2015, when Gibson’s claims to have cured a life-threatening brain tumour through alternative therapies and diet changes—which fuelled her popularity online and led to a popular web-app and book—were revealed to be false. Gibson’s lies led to the withdrawal of her book, The Whole Pantry, by Penguin Australia, with the publisher agreeing to donate $30,000 to Consumer Affairs Victoria as a penalty for not adequately fact-checking the book. Gibson was also revealed to have overstated her company’s charitable donations.

Scribe publisher Henry Rosenbloom said in a statement that Donelly and Toscano’s account ‘promises to be a great work of extended investigative journalism’. ‘It will tell a jaw-dropping story of extraordinary deceit that left many victims in its wake and travelled around the world,’ he said.

Scribe will release The Woman Who Fooled the World in late 2017.


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