A literary gem has come to the attention of Backbites. This involves possibly the most ridiculously desperate advertising ploy ever construed. Man of the moment, Clive Holgate (pictured left), had a glimpse of freedom this week. Emerging triumphant from the High Court after a lengthy fight to clear his name, the bespectacled former civil servant was seen grasping at a novel moments after he was acquitted. The pack of journalists gasped - Holgate's version of his Road to Freedom so soon? Not quite. The book in question is Tartan Dragon. The author - John McLean - is a friend of Holgate's lawyer, Alexander King, Backbites can reveal. The photo opportunity with the book in hand was a brazen plug. The only thing was that when it was thrust into his hands the moment photographers swooped to snap the man revelling in his new freedom, Holgate failed to deliver the required soundbite. Something like: 'It's a really good read.' But although Holgate reappeared in court the next day, legal organisers seemed to have jumped the gun in establishing that he was really squeaky clean. Clerks who prepared the court list identified him as Mr Colgate.