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Real book deal for the ‘fake’ writer

Remember Fake IPL Player (FIP), the anonymous blogger who took the cricketing world by storm last year with his inside gossip about the players at the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa?

entertainment Updated: Jan 26, 2010 19:38 IST

Remember Fake IPL Player (FIP), the anonymous blogger who took the cricketing world by storm last year with his inside gossip about the players at the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa? The gossipmonger has struck gold. End of February, he will release his first book, The Gamechangers, published by Harper Collins, India.

On fakeiplplayer.com, FIP says he owes the book deal to the success of his blog. “If it wasn’t for the blog, the publishers wouldn’t have thought of me as anything more than a horse’s ass.” While the blogger’s identity remains a secret from fans and cricketers, the one person who actually met him is publisher VK Karthika and she is not letting the secret out. Talking to HT City from Jaipur, Karthika said, “We signed him last September.

I did meet him, but most of the interaction was done via email. This will be a book without an author photograph, since it is not important for us to know the real name of the author; the blog is his identity.” Refusing to divulge details about how much FIP was paid for the deal, she said, “It’s a mass market novel that will talk about what goes on behind the scene at the IPL.”

Interestingly, the plot of The Gamechangers echoes the events of last year’s IPL and involves a quest to unmask a gossiping blogger. For now, though, there’s no unmasking in real life. “I don’t know about ‘ever’, but at the moment I’m happy in anonymity,” says FIP.