Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has won a six figure book deal to write a trilogy of novels about life in 1950s Liverpool.
Her debut novel, entitled The Four Streets, is the first in a “moving and autobiographical trilogy of novels” set in 1950s Liverpool, based around Irish Catholic families struggling against poverty, hardship and abuse.
Rosie de Courcy, senior editor at publishing house Head of Zeus, which has acquired the rights, said: “I absolutely adored this novel from first word to last.
"Nadine is one of the most naturally gifted storytellers I have ever come across, a magical ability to create characters you believe in and a heart-stopping way with words.”
Dorries, 56, was born in Liverpool to a working class family in 1957. She trained as a nurse in 1975 before becoming a medical representative in the early eighties. She later founded a child day-care service called Company Kids Ltd, which she sold to Bupa in 1998.
In 2005 she was elected to Parliament as a Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire.
Her career has recently been blighted by controversy after she was suspended from Parliament for failing inform her party she was appearing on ITV’s reality TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in November.
She had the Conservative party whip restored in March and apologised to the chief whip for “absenting herself from parliamentary duties”.
Dorries joins a number of MPs who have penned works of fiction, including recent contemporary Louise Mensch, Jeffrey Archer and Ann Widdecombe.
Her first novel will be published in hardback and e-book in April 2014.