George Galloway signs deal to write books for children

Written by David Singleton on 9 March 2017 in Diary

Former MP is following in the footsteps of Norman Tebbit.

Former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway is set to become an author of children’s books about a Robin Hood-style pirate.

The firebrand politician is preparing to write a series of illustrated books called: ‘Red Molucca the Good Pirate.

"The problem is that pirates are such poor role models, drinking rum and carousing with women, cutting people’s throats and making them walk the plank and so on," said Galloway. "This is about an ethical pirate. A kind of Robin Hood of the high seas, who is a husband and father, and his family come pirating with him.”

He also told The Guardian that the books are set in the Spice islands in Indonesia. "The centre of the story is a very beautiful bay where my wife once worked called Ambon Bay in what is now the Molucca islands," he said.

The deal sees Galloway following in the footsteps of celebrities who have entered the children’s books market, including David Walliams, Sir Chris Hoy and Ricky Gervais.

The route has not yet been trodden by many British parliamentarians, although Jeffrey Archer wrote Willy Visits the Square World and Norman Tebbit also experimented with children’s fiction in 2014. Tebbit’s novel, Ben’s Story, is the tale of a labrador who helps his wheelchair-bound friend to discover the truth behind his father’s death.

Many more British politicians have tried their hand at writing fiction for adults – including Boris Johnson, whose comic novel 72 Virgins was published in 2004. 

The foreign secretary’s little-known book is about a gang of comedy terrorists who penetrate the heart of Parliament. An Observer review of that book noted that “while Johnson is a heroic failure as a novelist, he scores in his comic handling of sensitive issues”.

More recently, Nadine Dorries has carved out a sideline as an author of novels such as The Four Streets, Ruby Flynn and The Angels of Lovely Lane.

Galloway, who lost his Bradford West seat in 2015, has previously released books titled I’m Not The Only One, Fidel Castro Handbook and Mr Galloway Goes to Washington.

He revealed the news of his new deal to his 261,000 Twitter followers: “Just signed a publishing deal for a children’s book series written by me, illustrated by @joecooknow called ‘Red Molucca the Good Pirate.’ ” The publication date has not been announced.




Picture by: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

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