Ex-Downing Avenue aide Cleo Watson plans one other ‘bonkbuster’ political novel



x-Prime minister Boris Johnson’s former aide Cleo Watson is planning a second novel about political life, we hear.

Watson, proper, was a key Downing Avenue adviser, working with Dominic Cummings through the pandemic. Her first novel, Whips!, is about throughout a Tory management search, and comes out in Might. It has been billed as a “bonkbuster”, with characters based mostly on actual political figures. The second ebook will cowl a normal election, and publishers are mentioned to be scratching their heads to discover a equally racy title.

Watson additionally labored for Vote Go away, and in No 10 beneath Theresa Might. In a latest Tatler article Watson mentioned she acted as Johnson’s “nanny” who “housetrained” him on Covid guidelines. She additionally claimed he in contrast her to an “ugly outdated lamp” who “jogs my memory of Dom” when firing her in 2020. Her books ought to be attention-grabbing.

Podcasters lead the anti-growth coalition


Pity the podcasters, who have been named as a part of an enemy “anti-growth coalition” by PM Liz Truss in her Tory convention spech yesterday. Rory Stewart, left, the ex-MP and now broadcaster, fretted that “loads of that speech is having a go at folks like me who make podcasts”. Jon Sopel, host of The Information Brokers, added: “My self-worth has taken an actual bash… I’m from north London, I tweet and I make podcasts.” Count on some new episodes.

Bond authors favor Cruise

Charlie Higson and Anthony Horowitz

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WRITER Charlie Higson wrote the formally sanctioned ‘Younger Bond’ novels however he isn’t very loyal to the 007 model. “I feel the very best Bond movies at this time are the Mission Unattainable movies. They keep on with a method… and so they don’t get angsty about it,” he informed a Capital Crime dialogue final week. “Nobody is getting het up saying that it’s old-fashioned… they simply get on and do it.” Higson, who was within the Quick Present, wrote seven Bond books, ending in 2009.

Fellow Bond creator Anthony Horowitz, who has penned three Bond novels for the Ian Fleming property lately, additionally appeared to favour the Tom Cruise outings. “In some methods the Mission Unattainable movies are superseding Bond,” he mentioned. “Their budgets are so unbelievable.” What sort of loyalty to queen and nation is that?

Matilda woos Rishi and co

FORMER Chancellor Rishi Sunak took his daughter Anoushka to the premiere of the Matilda movie on the Southbank final evening, having swerved Tory convention. We went for a chat however Rishi mentioned he was strictly off responsibility. Lenny Henry and accomplice Lisa Makin went too, as did star Stephen Graham, who spoke of his love for creator Roald Dahl. A bit in conservative journal the Spectator at this time wonders: “May or not it’s Rishi by Christmas?”

Actor Letitia Wright was at a lunch for brand new movie Aisha in Fitzrovia, whereas DJ Mary Charteris was at a Tissot PRX celebration in St James. Love Island couple Indiyah and Dami, who’re transferring in collectively, informed us about studying to compromise on decor at a launch for vogue model Fundamental Pleasure Mode model in Clerkenwell.

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