Between the Covers 11/10/2013
Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books
Sunday 13 October 2013
The former Leeds United footballer Robbie Rogers was a much discussed omission from this year’s Pink List, given that he came out as gay earlier this year – making him officially the only gay professional footballer in the British game (although we didn’t know it until he’d left the British game, which probably says a lot about British football). Ultimately, he didn’t make it because he is American and now plays in America.
However, you can read all about him in his new book, Come Out to Play, which has just been bought by Penguin and will be published in late 2014. Rogers says: “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.”
Meanwhile, two other famous Brits are about to publish new fiction. Definitely fiction. The journalist Andrew Marr has just sold rights to his first novel, called Head of State, which will be “set among the world of politicians and journalists” and published by Fourth Estate in late 2014. He says: “After the last few years, it is often argued that the reality of British politics is so extraordinary and sometimes grotesque that no satirist could come near. I partly agree, but only partly: after 30 years of reporting on the facts, I have turned to fiction to try to yank back a few remaining curtains.” Meanwhile, the Daily Star Sunday columnist, Garry Bushell, is about to publish his third Harry Tyler novel. This time police have spotted a link between a series of vigilante killings and “an outspoken right-wing newspaper columnist”. Crikey.
Colin Firth may be gutted that his character Mark Darcy has been killed off in the latest Bridget Jones novel, but at least he gets a mention in the acknowledgements, where Helen Fielding thanks Firth, and Hugh Grant – but not Renée Zellweger. However, who is the mystery man whose name bears a close resemblance to that of a dashing character in the new novel? V curious.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Florida man sentenced to two-and-a-half years for having sex on the beach in front of a child
- 2 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 3 Nick Kyrgios calls former Olympian Dawn Fraser a 'blatant racist' after she tells Wimbledon star to 'go back where their parents came from'
- 4 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Game of Thrones season 6: Daenerys actress Emilia Clarke says '50/50 chance' Jon Snow is alive
Chronixx interview: Reggae sensation on taking the opening spot at Glastonbury and calling Barack Obama a 'waste man'
Game of Thrones season 6: Director Jack Bender says showrunners 'communicate closely' with George RR Martin
Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson 'can't front ITV motoring show' due to BBC contract clause
Amy Winehouse film: Mark Ronson praises 'respectful' movie as it scores highest ever UK opening for British documentary
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
Greece debt crisis: Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande issue Athens with 24-hour ultimatum to avoid crashing out of the euro
Greece crisis: Referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its lack of genuine legitimacy