First 'instant' Jackson biography hits shelves in China

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As British publishers race to be first to market with a Michael Jackson memoir, two Chinese writers have produced an "instant biography" after working non-stop for 48 hours.

Jiang Xiaoyu and Xing Han subsisted on a diet of coffee and cigarettes to produce the 130,000-word Moonwalk in Paradise, which they claim is the fastest biography written since the King of Pop's death on 25 June. It was available in shops in China on Saturday 4 July, just nine days after Jackson's death.

"I am not only a music critic but also a fan of the King of Pop, so I understand what fans really need," Jiang Xiaoyu was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper. "I fought the deadline around the clock, as fans cannot wait for months."

He said the book was an accumulation of information gathered over many years as one of Jackson's fans, plus some information he found on the internet. He admitted that some of the details might be inaccurate due to time constraints.

According to state-run China Daily newspaper, at least 10 other Chinese publishers were planning "instant" books about Jackson...

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