Bi­og­ra­phy of Lorde fails to im­press

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A new ‘‘par­a­sitic’’ bi­og­ra­phy of Lorde writ­ten by a New York Times best­selling au­thor calls Devon­port the ‘‘hub of New Zealand’s mil­i­tary might’’ and con­cocts a midlife cri­sis for song­writ­ing part­ner Joel Lit­tle.

While John Key had to wait un­til he’d headed global for­eign ex­changes, amassed a for­tune, be­come prime min­is­ter and turned 52 be­fore be­ing the sub­ject of a bi­og­ra­phy re­leased last week, Lorde has cracked it at 17.

The Amer­i­can au­thor, who does not ap­pear to have been to New Zealand or spo­ken to Lorde di­rectly for his unau­tho­rised bi­og­ra­phy, has metic­u­lously googled ev­ery facet of Lorde’s life for his book Lorde: Your Hero­ine, de­tail­ing how the young fem­i­nist broke all the rules and suc­ceeded.

Marc Shapiro has writ­ten best­selling celebrity ‘‘bi­ogra­phies’’ about Justin Bieber, Se­lena Gomez, J K Rowl­ing, Lind­say Lo­han and Katie Holmes. Kiwi Lucy Law­less fell vic­tim to 1998’s Lucy Law­less: War­rior Princess!

His book, cur­rently listed on Ama­zon, GoodReads and sev­eral other sites, is due for re­lease in New Zealand and Aus­tralia in Au­gust.

The book, noth­ing more than a rewriting of me­dia re­ports, refers to Devon­port as the ‘‘hub of New Zealand’s mil­i­tary might’’, pre­sum­ably be­cause Shapiro hasn’t en­joyed a visit to the sleepy sea­side Auck­land sub­urb.

Auck­land Univer­sity distin­guished pro­fes­sor of English lit­er­a­ture Brian Boyd said the bi­og­ra­phy was ‘‘par­a­sitic’’.

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