Cover Stories: Diana Mosley, David Beckham, Douglas Kenned

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With Diana Mosley in her grave, we will learn even more about the woman dubbed "Hitler's Angel". Journalist and author Anne de Courcy long ago completed a biography of the mad Mitford girl. The book, which Chatto will now publish in early October, having sat quietly on the manuscript, draws on private papers and photos to which de Courcy was given access after a promise that it would remain unpublished until after Mitford's death. She talked "fully and freely", not least on her emotional life.

David Beckham's autobiography My Side, for which Murdoch's Harper Collins paid between £2m and £4m, was published yesterday after its serial outings in Murdoch-owned papers. A UK bestseller (first printing is in excess of a million) is a foregone conclusion, but Japan, Korea, Thailand and China will all publish the book. Even the US is succumbing. There it will be entitled Beckham: Two Feet on the Ground - the autobiography of the world's greatest athlete. Various elements of that are open to discussion.

Douglas Kenned has joined Mailer, Auster and Highsmith, all winners of the Deauville Festival of American Cinema Literary Prize. The book which clinched the prize was his Hollywood novel Rien Ne Va Plus, already published in France to rave reviews. Hutchinson will issue it here next year as Place Your Bets.

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