A recently published book about the making of a significant archeological discovery includes some factual mistakes and a grotesque mis-characterisation of a friend of mine who died some years before the author started the book. I've been in contact with the author and I now know that the personal side of the story comes from other people who worked on the discovery, none of whom are in Australia, and that no one in Australia was contacted for verification or for a different perspective.
The personal stories are not as well told and are less important than the discoveries. That's my opinion and I think it would be my friend's opinion. At the same time, the thought of this awful picture going unchallenged makes me feel quite sick. Trouble is, I'm not sure that anything can be done about it; maybe it's better to let it die a natural death.
What would you do?
Ghoti (sorely troubled)