‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Anton Du Beke has swapped his dancing shoes for his keyboard and his revealed the exciting news that he will be releasing his debut book called ‘One Enchanted Evening’ in 2018.
Eleanor Dryden, Publishing Director, Bonnier Zaffre, acquired World rights to the “sweeping, historical” debut from Kerr MacRae, MacRae LPA, and talent agent Melissa Chappell at I Will Know Someone.
The novel, ‘One Enchanted Evening’, is set around a London hotel ballroom in the lead up to World War II.
Anton Du Beke, said: “I’ve always loved a good story. Until now I’ve only told them through dance. Now it’s time to take them to the page. It’s a huge challenge for me but one I am thrilled to be undertaking with the team at Bonnier Zaffre. I hope my readers will be as enchanted by my book as they would be by a perfect 10 for one of my routines.”
Eleanor Dryden, Publishing Director, Bonnier Zaffre, commented: “Anton has been enchanting us for years on the dance floor and now it’s time to bring his storytelling talent to the world. He’s as charming and creative off stage as he is on it and we could not be more excited to be working with him on this wonderful novel. I guarantee it will sweep you off your feet!”
Kate Parkin, Executive Director, Bonnier Zaffre, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have signed Anton’s first novel and look forward to partnering him all the way to publication next autumn. From the first moment we met him, it was clear that he would bring all the natural flair and grace of his stage performance to his writing. Every bit as talented a storyteller as he is a dancer, we’re very proud to have him on our list.”
Kerr MacRae, MacRae LPA, said: “Anton holds a very special place in the hearts of the nation and beyond, his very natural quick step into the world of fiction comes as the rise in demand for heart-warming, family stories with a formidable cast of characters and a strong sense of place seems to have no ceiling. I am delighted to have found the perfect home for Anton’s creativity at Bonnier Zaffre. I am confident in their ability to match my desire to establish Anton as an author with the potential to have a very long-term career, bringing great stories to his legion of fans and a new wider readership.”
A National Treasure, Du Beke is one of the most instantly recognisable dancers today, best known for his role on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which he has featured on since its conception in 2004. A household name, recording artist and all-round entertainer, known as Mr Debonair, Anton will bring all the wit, charm and style he’s famous for to his debut novel.