I sat eyeball to eyeball with Alastair Campbell last week. The occasion was the Harrogate Business Luncheon where he had just given a talk pushing his new book, Winners - And How They Succeed.We were sitting knee to knee as people round us squeezed in to shake his hand. But I was ready for battle.Up close, Campbell seemed less scary than in his heyday as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications and Strategy when he was the most feared spin doctor in the land.The skin hung thin but loose from his face and his eyes looked warm.“The last time I did this was with Ken Livingstone,” I proclaimed. “He gave me 45 minutes,” I quickly added.“Well, you’re not getting me for that. You’ve got five minutes,” the new, mellower version of the man who, allegedly ‘sexed up’ the Iraq Dossier told me.I didn’t know what to say when someone in the office suggested we write a story about the launch of Fifty Shades of Grey at the … [Read more...] about Dear Reader: Weekend Editor on politics and 50 Shades of Grey
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E L JAMES describes herself as a mum-of-two, a former TV executive and wife who “dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with”. But who is the Fifty Shades of Grey author – dubbed an “erotica industry mogul” – whose former hobby has resulted in a multi-million-pound entertainment franchise, and what is her new book about? Who is E L James? E L James is the author of the bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy. Her books were made into films starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan – with the movies raking in more than a billion dollars at the box office. One of the world’s most famous authors, E L James lives in Ealing, west London, with her husband Niall Leonard, a writer, and their two Westies, according to The New York Times. She told the paper that “writing used to be my hobby”. The NYT points out that, over the past eight years, her so-called hobby has transformed into a huge entertainment franchise. … [Read more...] about Who is E L James, what is the Fifty Shades Of Grey author’s new book about and what is her real name?
“Fifty Shades of Red White and Blue” will be on stage at the McNeill Theatre, at Larne Leisure Centre, on Tuesday April 9. The Belfast-based spoof of “Fifty Shades of Grey” features the characters Maggie Muff, Big Sally Ann and Mr Red White and Blue.“Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue” tells the story of Maggie Muff and her search for love, featuring “laugh-out-loud characters such as big Sally Ann, Sinead the Greener and the mysterious Mr Red White and Blue himself”.“Fifty Shades of Red, White and Blue” was written by Leesa Harker, directed by Martin Lynch and produced by Martin Lynch and Liam McMullan.It is suitable for audiences aged 16 plus.The production forms part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s arts programme of events.Tickets are available online at ticketsource.co.uk/larnearts Larne town centre to get ‘umbrella streets’ … [Read more...] about ‘Fifty Shades of Red White and Blue at McNeill Theatre
Fifty Shades Of Grey author EL James has announced her new novel - The Mister - and it is set in Cornwall. The "thrilling and sensual tale", the British writer's first new novel since the Fifty Shades publishing phenomenon, is described as a contemporary romance set in London, Cornwall and eastern Europe. "I'm so excited to finally get this passionate new romance out into the world," the writer said. "It's a Cinderella story for the 21st century." In 2013 EL James bought a £1.1million 'bungalow' on the Cornish coast with plans to demolish it and replace it with a mansion. At that time she had already made £75million from the Fifty Shades franchise, which had sold 125million books and were adapted into blockbuster films - as well as sparking a range of sex toys. In 2015 James was given planning permission for her five-bedroom home on the North Cornwall coast. The three-storey home has a room just for storing surfboards. She also has a £2.65million home in West … [Read more...] about Fifty Shades of Grey author’s new book is set in Cornwall
When E L James released Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011, she revealed that the book had originally started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yet, the trilogy took on a life of its own, selling 150 million copies worldwide and introducing bondage erotica to the mainstream market. The novels even spawned three films starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Now, James is set to release her first book since Fifty Shades of Grey became a worldwide phenomenon and it’s called The Mister. According to Penguin: “The Mister is a contemporary romance set in London, Cornwall and Eastern Europe that introduces readers to the privileged and aristocratic young Englishman Maxim Trevelyan and the mysterious, talented and beautiful Alessia Demachi, who’s recently arrived in London owning little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.” James has described her new novel as a ‘passionate romance’ and a ‘Cinderella story for the twenty-first century’. James … [Read more...] about E L James is releasing first book since Fifty Shades of Grey