Skip to content

Strictly Come Dancing Star Anton Du Beke Releases Debut Called One Enchanted Evening

“Anton‘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.

Spare Brides By Adele Parks

Spare Brides‘Spare Brides’ is the latest book by ‘Sunday Times’ best-selling author Adele Parks.

New Year’s Eve 1920. The Great War is over and it’s a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war followed. Sarah paid the war’s ultimate price; her husband’s life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband’s desk job kept him safe but she sees only his cowardice.

A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find – whatever the cost.

As a fan of Adele Parks, I was delighted to hear that she was returning in 2014 with a new book and when I heard that ‘Spare Brides’ was going to be her first historical novel, I was even more excited to read it.

With a stunning front cover of a 1920’s lady, I delved straight into the world of glamour, sequins, love and poverty. The story is seen from the perspectives of the four leading ladies, Lydia, Ava, Sarah and Beatrice in a time where marriage and children are expected of women, socialising with the rich whilst trying to ignore the doom and gloom of the poverty and heartbreak that the war had brought over the country creating a bleakness in the story that was evident from page 1.

Our leading ladies all live quite comfortable lives but behind closed doors, they all harbour a sadness caused by what they are missing.

Lydia leads a happy life with her husband Lawrence, the only thing missing is child to make their family complete but after years of trying with no success, they realise that it is not meant to be. But when handsome and troubled solider, Edgar catches Lydia’s eye, she discovers that it is not only a child that her life has been missing, as she discovers a new passion and lust for life, that she didn’t have with stable and reliable Lawrence. Ava is quite the independent and fiery character who wants more to life than socialising and be seen as a serious businesswoman. Beatrice longs for love and marriage but is preparing herself for a life of solitude whilst her sister Sarah, lost her husband Arthur at war leaving her behind with two children. Sarah is lonely, not only missing the presence of a lover but also a companion.

All four women are delicious characters but it’s Lydia that stood out to me more, as she was more central character. Having become accustomed to an easier and more privileged upbringing, Edgar shows her a different side to life, the dark side of the war, the dank clubs stinking of beer and misery and an uninhibited lust for life.

‘Spare Brides’ is a beautifully written and gripping story set against the misery of the war. The story shines through the vibrance of the characters, the glamorous parties and glittering fashion.

Adele has taken a brave step with ‘Spare Brides’ stepping away from contemporary fiction and has achieved a fabulous and classic story of love, friendship and hardship that leaves the reader wanting more!

You can buy Spare Brides from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.