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Saturday, June 21, 2003  

"...a word about the circumstances of this review. Because of the insistence of the writer and her publishers Bloomsbury on releasing the book at midnight on Friday - with no advance review copies - the Guardian convened what is believed to be the world's first ever speed-reviewing team....

"Writers and publishers may say that no book should be reviewed like this. Well, yes. But no book should be published like this. Rowling and Bloomsbury have turned literature into news, with all the embargos and immediacy that entails. To adopt a tone appropriate to a book about schoolchildren: they started it."

- Mark Lawson in his Guardian Unlimited exclusive review of the 768 page Order of the Phoenix, the latest installment in the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Lawson speed-read the book after its Friday midnight release, and filed his review "at breakfast time" on Saturday.

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