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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.

It’s Up To You New York By Tess Daly

It's Up To You New York‘It’s Up To You New York’ is Tess Daly’s second novel.

Holly Collins is plucked from obscurity to take part in a television series on the hunt for fashion’s next big model, life finally seems to taking a turn for the better. But soon, it feels like everything and everybody is conspiring against her, so Holly heads for New York with her best friend Meg. The magic of Manhattan quickly has Holly in its grasp, but when she’s faced with the biggest decision of her life, can she make the fairytale become her new reality? And will she find love in the city where dreams are made?

After initially reading Tess’s first book ‘The Camera Never Lies’, I was pleasantly surprised that the TV presenter had written quite an entertaining and addictive tale. So when ‘It’s Up To You New York’ was announced I was quite excited, as the synopsis made the story sound like an equally thrilling story.

Seen through the eyes of Holly, she is a quiet, naive girl who is oblivious to how beautiful she is, unaware of the admiring glances she receives from men and women. She sails through life, unhappy in her job and with a boyfriend who is more committed to his job than their relationship, she wonders if there is something better on offer and luck seems to be on her side as she is selected for reality television show ‘Street Scout’, where girls battle to win a chance to be on the books of successful modelling agency, Strut.

I loved ‘It’s Up To You New York’, I thought it had quite a juicy storyline, that had my full attention. Set in the industry of modelling and celebrities, I thought it gave a wonderful insight into the business, with catty behaviour, divas and demands, I did find myself regularly wondering how much of the story was based on fact and what was based on fiction.

Written in fresh style that immediately made for easy reading and filled with vibrant, interesting characters, set in the bustling city of New York, where image is everything, ‘It’s Up To You New York’ is a glitzy and glamorous and impossibly captivating story of bitchiness, betrayal and fashion.

You can buy It’s Up to You, New York on Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Tess Daly Reveals New Book – It’s Up To You New York

It's Up To You New YorkAfter the success of her debut novel, ‘The Camera Never Lies’, television presenter Tess Daly is returning with her second book ‘It’s Up To You New York’.

The story of ‘It’s Up To You New York’ is –

Inspired by her own experiences: Tess takes us behind the scenes again in this glamorous and hilarious read about Holly Collins, an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world. When’s she’s picked from obscurity to take part in a television series on the hunt for fashion’s next big model, life finally seems to be taking a turn for the better for the happy-go-lucky twenty-something.

But soon it feels like everything – and everybody – is conspiring against her, so Holly heads for New York with her best friend Meg. The magic of Manhattan quickly has Holly in its grasp, but when she’s faced with the biggest decision of her life can she make the fairy tale become her new reality? And will she find love in the city where dreams are made?

With a beautifully glittering cover of the New York skyline, this story sounds like another captivating read from the popular television presenter.

You can pre-order It’s Up to You, New York on Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 23rd May 2013.

Fern Britton Writer’s Tip

Fern BrittonThe best advice I was given when I started was simply to keep going. Once you’ve got the first sentence down keep going. Don’t constantly revisit what you’ve written or you’ll get nowhere. Right rubbish if necessary. Gradually the characters will start speaking to you and they willl take you over. Relax! Also have a goal of how many words a day you’ll write. I go for 2000 but anywhere between 1 and 3 is good. Write everyday.

Fern Britton

Fern Britton

Fern BrittonFern Britton began her career as a television producer in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. Her warmth, humour and empathy have made her incredibly popular, making her a much sought after television presenter. In 2008, Fern released her autobiography “Fern: My Story” which was a huge bestseller and followed this with her debut novel “New Beginnings” in March 2011. It was an instant success and and a top four bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those working with and for women, children and childbirth. She lives with her husband Phil Vickery, the well respected chef and her four children in Buckinghamshire. “Hidden Treasures” is her second book.

  1. Your latest story “Hidden Tresures” tells the story of Helen Merrifield who has left her philandering husband for the quiet countryside. Putting her past behind her, she finds herself got between two very different men. Whilst Helen is enjoying her new life, her best friend Penny, a hot shot TV producer has decided that has decided that the countryside is the perfect setting for a new TV series. What inspired you to write this type of story?
    I am at an age where life’s chapters are changing. Friends are coping with a different dynamic in their well established marriages or are embarking on a single life after divorce. It’s a point in life where you discover a new you with a desire to experience new things.
  2. You have had quite a varied CV from television presenter to author and now to dancer. What has been the highlight of your career?
    I am so lucky to have had many highlights! Interviewing prime ministers, travelling the world but best of all has to be meeting my husband, Phil Vickery, on “Ready Steady Cook”!
  3. Have you used any of your real life experiences to write your fiction stories?
    Oh yes, of course. Things that have happened in my life and the lives of friends or people in the news. Real life is always more extraordinary than fiction.
  4. In your job as a television presenter, have you ever interviewed someone and thought to yourself “There’s a story in that”?
    Ha! I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t… but I’m not going to tell you which!
  5. You are appearing in the new season of “Strictly Come Dancing”. How are you finding this experience this far?
    Strictly is another huge challenge! I don’t know one end of my chasse to a cuban break! Scary, exhilarating, a privelege… all these things. I love it!
  6. Do you have a favourite dance routine?
    I am learning the Viennese Waltz at the moment and it is beautifully lyrical. Love it . Apart from the dreaded heel leads.
  7. What’s your favourite book of all time?
    It changes! I love a really good story. “Gone With The Wind” is always a winner.
  8. What authors do you admire?
    I like books with proper stories. I like a bit of crime fiction too. Peter James and Kate Atkinson are very good at it. I’ve just finished “The Stranger’s Child” by Alan Hollingsworth which was brilliant. If I am feeling really grotty in bed I get out a Rosamunde Pilcher to reread. Bliss.
  9. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    “Gone With The Wind” to read again. “A Suitable Boy” to read for the first time and enjoy languishing in the shade to luxuriate in a good long read. “The Narnia Chronicles” which I have loved since childhood.
  10. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    The best advice I was given when I started was simply to keep going. Once you’ve got the first sentence down keep going. Don’t constantly revisit what you’ve written or you’ll get nowhere. Right rubbish if necessary. Gradually the characters will start speaking to you and they willl take you over. Relax! Also have a goal of how many words a day you’ll write. I go for 2000 but anywhere between 1 and 3 is good. Write everyday.
  11. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    A cup of tea.
  12. And finally Fern, do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    I am now writing novel three. It’s called “The Holiday Home” and is again set in Cornwall. This is a story of two sisters , their parents and their husbands and children. Families are complicated at the best of times and what looks good on the surface is rarely what lies beneath. This family is no exception. Old grievances, lies and betrayal are all explored.

Follow Fern’s adventure in the new series of “Strictly Come Dancing” starting in October.