Publishers hoping Shatter novel enjoys 'Fifty Shades' boost
BOOKSHOPS are hoping Justice Minister Alan Shatter's re-released steamy novel will be able to emulate '50 Shades of Grey' and become an overnight success – 24 years after it was first published.
Mr Shatter's bookl 'Laura: A Novel You Will Never Forget' hits bookshelves this week after publishers decided to capitalise on recent publicity.
The book costs €9.99 and Eason says it has ordered thousands of copies to meet anticipated strong demand. There are no plans yet for Mr Shatter to do book signings.
It was first published when Mr Shatter was a backbencher, but has been the subject of recent publicity because of the minister's controversies in the past few months.
Eason spokesman Stephen Boylan said copies of 'Laura' were being distributed across its chain of stores nationwide, and the book would be placed at the front of its shops so it would be noticeable.
"We're hoping it will do very well, coming off the back of '50 Shades of Grey'," Mr Boylan said. He would not say exactly how many copies Eason had bought, but said it was a "good four figure sum".
The book contains steamy sex scenes and centres around the troubled private life of an Oireachtas member who is having an affair with his secretary.
At one point in the book, the fictional TD attempts to force the woman to have an abortion in order to save his political career and a complaint about the book's sex scenes was lodged with the Censorship of Publications Board just weeks ago.