This story is incredible:
Novelist Charles Webb, 66, and his partner have only days to pay two months’ overdue rent, totalling nearly £1,600, on their flat in Hove.
Mr Webb wrote the book on which the 1967 movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft was based.
The Californian author accepted a one-off payment of £14,000 for the novel, while the film made £60m.
Mr Webb, who based The Graduate on his relationship with his partner Fred, has spent five years caring for her after she suffered a nervous breakdown.
He is still writing but has not had anything published for some time.
There are many lessons to glean from this sad, sad tale, but the two majors ones are:
1. One-off payments are a very bad idea.
2. Never marry people who have nervous breakdowns, especially if you’re a writer. You’re the one supposed to be having the breakdowns.
Dustin Hoffman should send the £1,600 to the guy, pronto. I mean, who would Hoffman be today without him?