Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Sarah Palin builds privacy fence

Sarah Palin said she would build a fence around her home to keep her neighbour from peering in (AP)

Former US vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin said she would begin work on a fence around her Alaska home to keep her new neighbour - an author writing a book about her - from peering in.

Mrs Palin, wearing running shorts, a T-shirt and visor, joked with a reporter outside the gate of her lakeside home in Wasilla on Thursday about having to build a fence to protect her family's privacy. But she would not comment further, saying she was busy babysitting her nephews.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee took to Facebook on Monday to "welcome" author Joe McGinniss, who had previously written a critical magazine article on her.

She said he was renting a house next door "for the next five months or so" and wondered what he would gather "while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden, and the family's swimming hole?"

She said work would begin on a "tall fence".

Mr McGinniss, author of such best-selling books as The Selling Of The President, Blind Faith and Fatal Vision, is planning a book, tentatively titled Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously. It could be on bookshelves next year.

His publishing house, Broadway Books, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A tree-lined lane leads to Mrs Palin's home and there is also a gate to help keep prying eyes at bay.

A chain-link fence blocks one drive, which is also marked "Private, keep out".

No-one answered at the other, which is posted "Private property. Enter at your own risk".

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