Books: Cover Stories
Saturday 03 April 1999
A TRUE sporting hero has set to work on his memoirs. Sir Stanley Matthews, who retired from football aged 50 and is now 84, this week signed with Headline for what, in the circs, is a modest advance of around pounds 250,000. Sir Stanley has trenchant views on today's game and his book is not expected to pull punches.
WITH MEN are from Mars... still high in the charts, a tongue-in-cheek proposal is doing the rounds. Women are from Venus, Men are from Hell is having a hard time finding a publisher, however: male-led sales teams are not amused.
ONE COULD be forgiven for thinking that HarperCollins is an outpost of Tory Central Office, what with Archer and Thatcher and, this autumn, the autobiography of John Major. Now they are also publishing In the Firing Line, the memoirs of the former Tory chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney. He's out of the stalls in September, and his book will "explore the Christian principles he seeks to live by". Discuss. Major's coming opus, unleashed into the conference season, is shaping up to be tougher than anticipated - candid, unsparing and "frank about the civil war that emerged within his own party".
Filming to begin on two new series due to be aired on Dave from next year
TVBBC hopes latest Danish import will spell success
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 5 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils